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Best handheld Cultivators

Best handheld Cultivators

In this article, we are going to be reviewing the different kinds of handheld cultivators and tillers to give you an overall idea of the available options depending on your needs.

Choose what works for you:

Manual tools

If you are working on a minimal part of the garden that has loos soil, we recommend checking our selection of manual tools for tilling.

They function the same as a spade and can be compared to it size and weight.

Yard Butler 

Yard Butler Terra Tiller 


If you have a small garden to work consistently and you are serious about taking the best care of your garden, manual tools are time-consuming and inefficient; consider a handheld cultivator or a tiller:

Depending on your gardening needs (large or small) and the hardness of the soil available (hard or loose)

Small handheld cultivators

These work perfectly in small yards or between beds, they have the necessary power for a day of work in the garden with one batteries charge and you can benefit from the cordless feature to move around freely.

Earthwise Cordless Cultivator

DECKER handheld cultivator.

Sun Joe Cultivator


Large tillers and handheld cultivators

Those handheld tillers and cultivators are still electric powered but they need much more energy due to the power they provide and the size of their tills and so they are corded

Earthwise Corded Electric Tiller and Cultivator

Sun Joe Electric Garden Tiller and Cultivator


most versatile:

Here we brought to you a unique brand that makes the most versatile super-powered handheld cultivators that you can equip with a bunch of accessories and do any type of garden work.

Mantis Gas Powered Cultivator

Mantis Electric Tiller


Difference between gas tillers and electric tillers (handheld cultivators) :

Handheld Cultivators could be gas or electric (corded and cordless) people usually refer to them as electric tillers.


Electric tillers:

Electric tillers are frequently used to improve the growth and health of your lawn.


Easy to start, with the press of a button 

lightweight, small size machines that are easier to carry around 

maintenance-free: no refueling, oil change, or filter change

cheaper than gas-powered tillers

Have short tines that allow you to weed and get rid of dead grass, 

-could be used to aerate and cultivate the spaces between your crops and your raised beds

-you can use them to add amendments to the soil without damage



-Less powerful, due to the built and small engine

-Can’t break new ground, rocks, and compacted soil 

short tines that are not made to do heavy-duty work

-Does Not work in soil with thick plant roots


There are two types: corded and cordless; they do closely similar work, although one has an added battery to help with portability.


Gas tillers:


-Gas-powered tillers are better at digging deeper, working on compact soil and new ground

-Good at lifting aerating and improving drainage.

-Handling rocky soil


-Gas tillers are Harder to work with and maneuver

It could destroy if used on a densely planted landscape by going deep into the soil, harming the plants’ root system, and displacing worms.


Characteristics of handheld cultivators


Handheld cultivators could be gas or electric (corded or cordless). Choose the one that you judge fits your needs.


The good thing about electric tillers is that they don’t require plenty of maintenance to continue working. You can start using it by pressing a button without having to pull a cord. 


The tines in most handheld cultivators are not designed to go deep into the soil, making them easier to maneuver and work best at loosening the ground in an operated area but less efficient if you have compacted soil. For that, we recommend choosing a handheld cultivator that has deep slicing tines or consider a mini-tiller.

Reversibility feature:

Reversible tines are a handy feature to have; choose adaptable cultivators to pair them with different kinds of attachments that can diversify its use and make it a multipurpose tool. 


You can find many sorts of attachments that will ensure ongoing attention for your garden, such as: detaching your lawn, aerating your soil, and edging your garden plot even to turn your compost and provide air.

Other uses of handheld cultivators : 

-break the crust that occurs to exposed soil to better circulation of the air, water, and nutrients to reach the roots.

-Make it an easier task for germinated seeds to break through the soil.

-A tremendous touch before sowing your seeds.


Corded vs. Cordless:

Cordless benefits : 

-won’t ruin your delicate plantings by dragging the cord over them.

-Power will last most (if not all) your gardening needs in small size gardens.

-they can reach places where no-tillers can either because of their size or the cord 


Corded benefits

-Some of the corded cultivators will provide more power (not strictly real for most models).

-you won’t have to charge it every time (plug it and use it)


Advice for cordless handheld cultivators:

-Always choose lithium rechargeable batteries over traditional ones; the lithium technology provides consistent power throughout your usage and doesn’t require full discharge before charging it again.

-Try choosing one that has a long-lasting battery life. 


Before buying :

Before you buy your dream tiller or cultivator, we recommend you check these factors to get the suitable product for your specific needs:


Soil is a defining factor, so make sure you know what type you will be facing; the more heavy and compacted soil, the more you need power, for example, clay.

See if you have rocks or gravel in the soil. in these cases, cultivators are not recommended

Ask yourself if you are going to break new ground continuously?

The price:

The price is a decisive factor in buying these machines, and we found out that electric is considerably cheaper than gas-powered. 

Safety measures

Be safe when working with those machines. Make sure you’re wearing a proper outfit for your security. 

Turn it off if you feel it is getting out of control. 


Features and benefits of each product

Mantis 4-Cycle Gas Powered Cultivator

  • Easy to start, quiet and easy to carry
  • no fuel mixing required, 
  • the Mantis 4-cycle Plus Tiller weighs only 24 pounds.
  •  Featuring a premium 4-cycle engine powered by Honda, 
  • has soft, sure-grip handles that are ergonomically flared for fatigue-free operation.
  • this tiller tough enough to till through sod and compacted dirt
  • this work-saver Infinite speed means you can power your tiller up when you need to, or work more gently if the situation requires.
  •  The unique, curvy tines (blades) can till a full 10 inches deep. 
  • with a simple flip of the tines, you can precision-weed around delicate plants and seedlings! 
  • This is a gardening tool you’ll use all season long!
  •  Convenient, Versatile, and Durable 
  • the Mantis Tiller/Cultivator features folding handle bars which make it convenient to store in a garage or tool shed.

Mantis Electric Tiller

Mantis Tiller Plow Attachment allows you to do more with your Mantis 7000 Series Tiller Cultivator! Form straight uniform furrows, both deep and shallow much faster and more simply than you could by hand.

  • Quiet, instant-starting, 3-speed 540 watt motor
  • Weighs just 21 pounds, but as powerful as a gas model
  • The compact 9-inch width allows the tiller to get into tight spaces around your yard that larger tillers cannot get to.
  • The unique, curvy tines can be used to till down 10 inches deep. Or, simply turn the tines around to shallow cultivate the top 2 to 3 inches of soil
  • Folds for easy transport and storage
  • Engine: Electric, 115V double-insulated ¾ hp, 540W circuit breaker No fuel required
  • Power source type: Corded Electric
  • Engine type: 2-Stroke

Yard Butler

  • ERGONOMIC DESIGN 38” tall with a step plate that centers you over the tool, a solid ½” powder coated steel shaft and a wide 12” T handle that reduces the effort of twisting, using the force of your body to easily rotate sharp angled claw tines into hard compacted soil.
  • LOOSENS, TURNS, TILLS AND AERATES soil promoting the free flow of water, air, and fertilizer for a healthier and more beautiful yard and garden.
  • PERFECT SIZE FOR RAISED BEDS, flower boxes, around shrubs or bushes and other hard to reach areas. Ideal for mixing fertilizer or peat moss amendments and preparing a bed for planting. Makes weeding easy.
  • Tough, Sustainable, Innovative and Built For Life
  • The extra wide high leverage handle and weight centering middle step plate of the Yard Butler Twist Tiller drives six claw spikes deep into the ground breaking up the hard compacted top layer of soil. This allows for easy weeding and planting and promotes the free flow of water, air and fertilizer for a healthier and more beautiful garden. 
  • The Twist Tiller can also be used for mixing compost adding soil amendments and digging holes for planting. 
  • It is perfect for preparing raised bed gardens for vegetables or flowers 
  • The heavy duty all steel design is built for a lifetime of use. 
  • Yard Butler offers a full No Risk 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee 
  • The sharp, angled claws dig into the ground to break up the hard, packed soil.

Yard Butler Terra Tiller 

  • DUAL ACTION HEAD One side has three sturdy steel prongs for cultivating, breaking, loosening and deep tilling soil. 
  • The other side is a sharpened beveled edge that is perfect for chopping and cutting roots.
  • PERFECT WEIGHT AND HEFT Heavy duty steel head is completely welded onto the all steel handle with comfort grip. PLANTS, TILLS, DIGS, CHOPS. No wooden handle to split or shrink. VIRTUALLY INDESTRUCTIBLE.
  • PERFECT SIZE FOR RAISED BEDS, vegetables, flower boxes, around shrubs or bushes, and other hard to reach areas. Makes gardening easy.
  • YARD BUTLER’S NO RISK 30 DAY SATISFACTION GUARANTEE. If it is not perfect for you, return it for a full refund or replacement.
  • Three sturdy prongs make the TerraTiller effective for deep tilling and cultivating. The sharpened blade is great for easy cutting.

Earthwise  Cordless Electric Tiller Cultivator

  • Powerful cordless electric motor bundled with 20 volt 2.0Ah lithium-ion battery and fast charger
  • Versatile handheld cultivator ideal for any garden size, yard and flower bed; This tiller is also an effective weed control tool
  • 4 durable steel tines with convenient cutting width of up to 7.5 inches and cutting depth of 6 inches
  • Cordless tiller is a cleaner alternative to gas-powered tillers
  • Lightweight tiller design for effortless operation and easy transport
  • Planet-conscious cordless electrical tiler 
  • Lightweight and versatile rototiller with ergonomic handle
  • Earthwise TC70040 11-Inch 20-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Electric Tiller/Cultivator with battery and charger included 
  • convenient and planet-conscious cordless design 
  • This gardening tiller is lightweight, yet powerful enough to plow hard-packed ground with a depth of up to 7.5 inches and an adjustable width of up to 6 inches.
  • This small electric rotor tiller is lightweight at 9 lbs, easy to use and transport.
  • The cordless design allows you to move freely in your garden
  •  You can plow the soil effortlessly as you guide this tiller with ease.
  •  this small tiller is easy to maneuver.
  • you can easily store it in your shed
  • has the power to give you plenty of time for you to cultivate your garden or lawn
  • very powerful for its size
  • You can charge it as you rest with the fast charger
  • This soil tiller is plant-friendly since it does not emit fumes from burning fuel or oil
  • you don’t need gas, oil or regular maintenance to keep it going.
  • is ideal for larger gardens because you don’t have to deal with long extension cords across your lawn.
  • Its battery has a run-time of approximately 45 minutes, depending on the soil conditions
  • A full charge is usually enough to cover most lawns.
  • you can charge the tiller with the included fast charger as you rest or you can get a spare lithium-ion battery.

It can conveniently cultivate your soil with a width of 7.5 inches and a depth of 6 inches. 

This cordless electrical tiller is powerful and long-lasting, 

you can effectively plow the soil while getting rid of weeds.

 Earthwise power tiller is easy to use, so you can focus on growing your healthy plants.

  • Powerful transmission with dual tines break up soil to allow water and nutrients to reach plant roots
  • Powered by 20-volt MAX lithium-ion battery, with longer lifespan and charge retention than NiCad batteries
  • Cultivates up to 325 square feet per charge
  • Counter-oscillating tines prevent weeds from tangling
  • 2-year limited warranty; includes battery and Energy Star-qualified charger


DECKER black, cultivator.

Ideal for cultivating garden beds, weeding, and more, 

this battery-powered handheld cultivator can cultivate up to 325 feet on a single charge.

 Counter-oscillating tines prevent weeds from tangling.

  • This electric lawn and garden equipment releases zero emissions in your yard.
  • No more tangled weeds thanks to counter oscillating tines.
  • The lightweight upright design helps lessen arm fatigue while cultivating.
  • Counter-oscillating tines prevent weeds from tangling
  • The adjustable handle and telescoping tube allows to adjust the handheld cultivator for maximum comfort.
  • Soft grip handle provides added comfort during use.

Ideal for cultivating garden beds, landscape beds, and weeding, the Black & Decker LGC120 cordless garden cultivator/tiller 

easily breaks up soil to allow water and nutrients to reach plant roots. 

It’s also great for prepping dry spots in lawn for seeding plus existing beds for planting. 

The two long tines are small enough to maneuver in between plants and counter-oscillating tines prevent weeds from tangling.

The telescoping shaft adjusts for the perfect length, allowing you to operate it standing up without bending over. 

This upright design combined with the comfortable grips and an adjustable auxiliary handle means that you can work longer without over-taxing muscles and joints.

This cultivator is powered by a 20-volt MAX lithium-ion battery that offers a longer lifespan and retains its charge 5x longer than similar 18-volt NiCad batteries

you won’t be limited by an extension cord. 

It’s compatible with the full line of Black & Decker’s 20-volt MAX line of power and gardening tools.

 You’ll be able to cultivate up to 325 square feet per charge. 

The battery is also designed with 50 percent less battery weight

the unit weighs a total of 8.1 pounds with battery installed.

The included Energy Star-qualified charger will charge a fully depleted battery in about 8 hours. You can also swap the battery among your other Black & Decker cordless lawn tools that are compatible with 20-volt MAX lithium-ion batteries. 

It’s backed by a two-year limited warranty.

  • Ideal for cultivating garden beds, landscape beds and weeding
  • 20-volt MAX lithium-ion battery provides longer battery, life year after year
  • Counter-oscillating tines prevent weeds from tangling
  • Lightweight upright design helps lessen arm fatigue while cultivating
  • Adjustable handle and telescoping tube; soft-grip handle
  • Weighs 8.1 pounds
  • Energy Star rated
  • Backed by a 2-year limited warranty

Sun Joe Cordless Garden Tiller and Cultivator

  • Powerful: 24-volt 2. 0 Ah rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery provides up to 30 minutes of runtime
  • Dual blades: Dual tilling blades cultivate a 4. 25 wide by 6 deep path in a single pass
  • DURABLE: 6-inch durable steel tilling blades easily slice through weeds and loosen soil
  • Telescopic: pole extends from 28. 3 to 37. 3
  • Ergonomic: auxiliary handle takes the pain and strain out of yard Chores

Powered by revolutionary iON lithium-ion technology, 24V-TLR’s 24-Volt 2.0 Ah battery provides up to 30 minutes of rechargeable runtime! 

Go where no tiller has gone before with the dual 6-inch tilling blades! 10 durable, steel tilling prongs easily cultivate in tight or cramped quarters. 

Lightweight at just 6 lbs

features a telescopic pole which extends up to 37 inches and an adjustable auxiliary handle, to take the pain and strain out of yard chores!

  • 6-inch durable steel tilling blades easily slice through weeds and loosen soil
  • Dual tilling blades cultivate a 4.25” wide by 6” deep path in a single pass
  • Lightweight at just 6 lbs for maximum comfort control
  • Telescopic pole extends from 28.3” to 37.3”

Earthwise Corded Electric Tiller and Cultivator

  • 6 adjustable tines
  • Adjustable 11″ To 16″ Width/ 8″ Working depth
  • Powerful 13.5 amp
  • Comfortable ergonomic handle. Assembled product dimensions (L x w x h)-40.00 x 19.00 x 42.00 inches
  • Lightweight, easy to operate, and convenient to store.Tine length:16 inch

Compact, yet powerful handheld tiller/cultivator for your home garden

Garden tiller that is reliable and easy to start

The Earthwise corded tiller/cultivator is a reliable gardening companion that starts every time, as long as it is plugged in properly in an electrical outlet. 

It has a compact and planet-conscious design that makes tiling quick and easy. 

This garden tiller also has an ergonomic handle for your comfort, so you can cultivate more soil in your garden without straining your hands. 

Earthwise garden tiller gives you all of the power that you need to cultivate your small or medium-sized garden.

This rototiller has 4 powerful tines that effectively gets down in the dirt to cultivate the soil.

easy to start with its single-lever switch that starts every time. 

has a soft ergonomic grip to give you a comfortable tilling experience. also has a cord retention hook for uninterrupted tilling power.


  • Powerful: 13. 5-Amp motor cultivates up to 16 in. Wide x 8 in. Deep
  • Durable: 6 Steel angled tines for maximum durability and performance
  • Easy storage: handle folds for convenient storage and easy transport
  • Wheel-adjustment: 3-position wheel adjustment

Sun Joe Electric Garden Tiller and Cultivator

Snow Joe + Sun Joe

effortlessly slicing through the soil at 370 RPM, ensuring maximum aeration and perfectly preparing the seedbed for planting. 

Control weeds where needed – Sun Joe tames the toughest yard and garden tasks with more comfort and less strain. 

its collapsible handle makes it a cinch to store when it’s not.

  • Powerful 13.5-amp motor cultivates up to 16 in. wide x 8 in. deep
  • 6 durable steel angled tines for maximum durability and performance
  • Handle folds for convenient storage and easy transport
  • 3-position wheel adjustment make it easy to maneuver wherever it’s needed

The TJ604E comes with a full two-year warranty.

After cultivating your beds and garden next step is to fertilize it and here we provide you with some alternative ways to fertilizer other than fertilizers check this article for more informations

Best Compost accelerator (5 ways to make compost in a month)

Best Compost accelerator (5 ways to make compost in a month)

To get the right compost accelerator for your needs you have to choose between plenty of options so you need a  clear understanding of the process and hweach product works and what alternative options you need to consider



Products that could be used as accelerators:


What you need to know:

Compost accelerators are a helpful addition that could fasten the process. Although they aren’t mandatory to make good compost, they will facilitate an early start and boost beneficial bacteria’s work. This article will show you different ways and techniques you could use to accelerate and process early satisfying results.

If you are not sure about how you could efficiently produce quality compost on the go, check out the full guide on how to make compost here.

First, let’s start by defining what a compost accelerator is and what most of them include:

By now, we know that compost wouldn’t happen without beneficial bacteria working around the clock feeding on the organic waste that you provide, transforming everything into a full of nutrition piece of soil. All this process is happening at the bacteria level. It could not be seen with the naked eye, and so to initiate it, there has to be a starter ingredient to boost the work of these bacteria, and for that, we brought you five solutions to cover all your needs and respond to all your questions:

First solution: 

You can provide this boost by mixing your old, finished compost into the new pile; this will ensure a jump-start by introducing agitated bacteria to the new pile (you can’t do it unless you already have a finished compost pile).

mixing the old compost with new one

The second solution: 

It is to add an accelerator to the pile to ensure that the available bacteria will have the right ingredients to start the work and begin producing your compost. 

(Follow the instructions provided by each manufacturer to get the most optimized result)

Tip: The principle ingredient in accelerators is Nitrate, which is why nettles are good (since they include loads of it). The most affordable industrial high nitrate fertilizer is ammonium sulphate.

some of the products and their benefits:

Compost-It Compost Starter

 Jobe’s Organics Compost Starter

Dr. Earth 727 Compost Starter

Espoma Compost Starter

-100% natural formula

-Soluble sachets pack(100g).

-reduces odors.

-creates nutrient-rich compost in 4 weeks

-Over 60 different microbe strains.

-Certified Organic compost starter with Biozome

-Improves soil conditions

-Guaranteed fertilizer analysis: (4-4-2) 

-to be applied every 4 to 6 weeks

-100% organic

-Creates true humus

-Use for all composting applications

-A blend of alfalfa meal, seaweed extract, and beneficial soil microbes

-People and pet safe

-100% bio-organic mix

– Contains billions of beneficial microbes for composting

-Combined with the proper energy sources and pH balancers 

-Includes heat-active varieties to decompose the difficult materials.


Third solution: 

Since it’s the microorganisms (beneficial bacteria) that work in an active pile, you possibly can choose to add additional organisms to speed up the process. You have a choice to purchase boxed dormant microorganisms and sprinkle the dry combination into the middle of the pile in numerous locations.

If you put it on top, be sure to water it to make it active and working.

Product recommendation:

Compost Starter & Microbial Inoculant bokashi

  • Premium quality double fermented and dried bran bokashi with trace minerals.
  • This is dry bokashi which gives you 25- 30% more usable product than wet bokashi.
  • Packaged in a heavy-duty low oxygen transfer laminated stand-up and resealable bag.
  • Compost indoors with no odors retaining more nutrients and making less CO2.
  • Directly comparable to SCD All Seasons Bokashi.


Fourth solution:

Add high nitrogen sources. Most piles (the ones that don’t contain home waste and vegetable scraps) have a lack of nitrogen over carbon, and so adding nitrogen to the mix will generally help a pile heat up quickly. If the pile begins smelling like ammonia, you’ve gone too far. 

To guarantee you’re feeding the microorganism good nitrogen sources, you could add those high nitrogen ingredients such as Urea, blood meal, soybean meal, alfalfa meal, grass clippings, and manures (chicken manure).

Final solution:

If none of those solutions speaks to you, then you should wait until nature decides to give you a push and do the work by itself. After all, compost just happens.

Best Trenching shovel for you

Best Trenching shovel for you

When it comes to trenches, trenching shovels goes a long way; they save time, effort, and work with precision on making the right trench for you so in this article we’re going to be reviewing the best options for you depending on your needs


  • Quick recommendation

Best overall: Seymour S702 

Most diverse choices & long hundle: Truper 33437 Tru Pro California Trenching Shovel

The Longest handle: Bully Tools 92720

wood handle: Corona SS 64104

Box style trenching shovel: Bully Tools 92731 

Long Drain spade or “trenching spade”: Nupla SS14L-E Ergo


What to look for to get the best of a Trenching Shovel?

If you find out that the trenching shovel is the one for you and meets your needs, then try looking for the one that has a tight design and feature perfectly straight sides (to keep the edges of your trench nice and straight) and many aspects to be looking for that we list here: 

The blades:

they are the main differences that you should look up for at any shovel that you choose (the defining factor that determines the best use of a shovel), and there are three types of them :

  • Pointed end: the easiest to go into the ground but less efficient at scooping 
  • Rounded end: can be easy to go into the ground and at scooping up loose soil
  • Square end: makes scooping more considerable amounts of soil easier but isn’t easy to cut into the soil


The material of the blade:

you can find different types of materials, from steel to aluminum, even plastic; always choose steel (tempered or forged is better). It is the most durable that is going to stick in the long run.


they could be fiberglass or wood (Ash or Hickory), and they are both reliable and do the same thing (choose depending on personal preference).

The collar:

one of the parts you should get right; cheap ones come with the handle being trimmed to fit tightly into the collar fixed by a screw or a nail. This could be problematic after repetitive use because the screw or nail could fall out and make it a pain in the head to fix it. Stick with the ones that run through the handle for maximum durability and a better experience.

The step:

the top of the blade where you can push with your foot to cut into the soil, two different shovels exist the ones that have a large one like (digging shovel, cutting…) and ones that have a small one like the trenching shovel.
It could be problematic to have one that doesn’t have a step, especially if you have hard soil, preferably go with the one that has it.


Consider it carefully and go for the lightest.


Products in-depth review


Seymour S702 

The tallest handle that is perfectly designed for deep trenches, created with an exceptional solidity that doesn’t seem to break and last for years (from customer reviews).


-Dimensions : 57.5 x 6.38 x 5.25 inches 

-Materials: Fiberglass solid Handle 4 Pounds

-A cushion grip

-Rear rolled steps that can be used for light digging as well as clean-out

-Front turn step head style

-Perma Grip collar

-The shovel blade is steel.

-The 5″ blade will hold a lot of dirt for its size.

-The thickness of the blade is good.


Truper 33437 Tru Pro California Trenching Shovel

Has a large variety of products you can find what fits for your specific needs (you can choose from: material, size, length… if you have a very specific need we advise you to check this brand. 


For the materials: you can choose the Fiberglass, Alloy Steel 3.33 Pounds or the wooden handle

The blade is flat, at the end it has a step that changes depending on the model

48-inch pro grade fiberglass handle with soft cushion grip for balance and control

Heavy-duty 14 gauge steel blade for maximum toughness

Reinforced resin feet in the handle provides 400 lbs of handle strength

Rivetless, crimped-steel collar ring, solidly connects the neck and handle

A thick fiberglass handle with a protective sleeve prevents splintering



-Good quality/price ratio.

-large variety to choose from


-the blade is too thin and could potentially break in some cases (heavy use) or flex

Bully Tools 92720

This tool is made to be long to help you go deeper into the trenches that any other shovel, and weight almost 2 pounds which makes it the tallest lightest weight shovel although it seems to work good in loose soil, it has some problems and could potentially break it your soil is hard to go through. 


It is made of Fiberglass and Alloy Steel blade

The dimensions of it are: 56.25 x 3 x 6 inches

With the weight of 2.29 pounds which is exceptionally lightweight


-tallest tool you can get


-good design.

-work well in soft loamy soil.


Seems to break sometimes.

Corona SS 64104

An ideal tool for a variety of digging applications, that provides a woody handle for your preferance


Has a V-angled head that effectively penetrates into a variety of different soils

1-inch sides to pick up and retain more dirt with each shovel stroke and 4-foot hardwood ash handle for added durability and leverage

Bully Tools 92731 

This is a special trenching shovel that has a Box style that makes it one of its kind it is especially good at bringing up a good amount of soil from the trench. 


Weights between 4.85 pounds and its dimensions are 55.5 x 6.25 x 7.25 inches which makes it a long one 


-higher sides than others, it can hold more dirt

-tall handle


Nupla SS14L-E Ergo

This is another type of shovels, it is called drain spade or “trenching spade” which has a round slim blade it is commonly used by women 

  • Made of 48″ handle with a fiberglass and polystyrene core surrounded by a polypropylene sleeve for strength, durability, and chemical and weather resistance and Alloy Steel blade.
  • It has a Narrow drain spade with a rounded tip for digging in precise locations.
  • Heavy 16-gauge steel blade for strength and durability with a hollow back and a forward-turned step for secure foot placement.
  • Handle with an oversized end for control and gripping ease.


-long handle. 

-solid and doesn’t break

What Is the Trenching Shovel made for?

It is a type of gardening shovels that is oftentimes referred to as “clean out” shovels or trenching shovels, due to its narrow design which is the perfect shape to help you scoop up and reach a deep level of the soil, use it to clean your trench after it has been cut.

This tool is not created to cut down into the dirt. By looking into it, you can see that the blade is not wide enough to put your foot into it and put downward pressure, so preferably use it in loose soil

Choose another type of shovels if you intend to cut into the soil and dig into hard ground, consider purchasing the trenching shovel if you are going to do a fair amount of trenches or if you will be using it to frame and reach lower layers of the soil otherwise we propose you see our guide on how to choose the right shovel for you. 


Maintaining your shovel

Taking care of your shovel is the only way you are going to keep them long term, you could buy the most solid one out there but if you’re not maintaining it, it’s not going to stick around for long.

First, make sure you are wiping out any dirt from your shovel each time you use it. This will ensure that it stays clean.

To keep the blade from rusting make sure you store it in a bucket full of sand with reused oil mixed with it.

If the handle is wooden take a piece of cloth and soak it into linseed oil then wipe the surface of it each time you store it or at the end of the season

Make sure to sharpen your shovel after extensive work to give it another life, for more infomations about maintaining all types of shovels check this article

Best Handheld fertilizer spreader

Best Handheld fertilizer spreader

Spreading fertilizer in your lawn could be exhausting at times, but we all want this beautiful backyard with green, shiny grass correctly distributed that you’d want to sleep on it. You might have even tried to get those results by hand and figured out that you are killing your grass.

Well, we might have the perfect solution that would make it an easy automated process. Here is a review of the best handheld fertilizers for small to medium yards (around 6000 square feet or less).

Why are handheld fertilizer spreaders great?

  • They do not have wheels, which makes them easy to control when spreading the fertilizer.
  • You don’t have to worry about stepping over your crops or vegetables.
  • Help you avoid fertilizers burn with an even distribution
  • Increases accuracy and is highly efficient.
  • It saves a tone of time compared to spreading manually 
  • Saves money, using the minimum amount of fertilizers for maximum results.
  • Can help you bloom your yard with vivid colors through the growing season
  • They are lightweight and easy to control 


Options for handheld fertilizer spreaders:

handheld granule spreader: 

Quickly found with a large variety of products with various compositions of nutrients for different needs.

The solid form of the fertilizer makes it easier to spread it in an even manner, making it effortless to avoid over and under fertilization of parts of the lawn.

Chest mounted fertilizer spreaders:

A chest-mounted unit is the most comparable to the handheld one; they share the same specifics with a comfortable handling style in the front of your body.

They usually come with the option to use solid granules or liquid fertilizer.

Features and benefits of each product:

Scotts Wizz fertilizer spreader

  • It is a battery-powered spreader that you can use year round
  • Designed to cover up to 2, 500 sq. ft
  • 5-foot broadcast with control of EdgeGuard Technology
  • Powered by 4 AA batteries with 23 settings for unbeatable accuracy
  • Perfectly designed to spread lawn seed, fertilizer and weed control products

Scotts Whirl fertilizer spreader

  • Perfect handheld spreader for small yards
  • Holds up to 1,500 sq ft 
  • Great for year-round use, To weed, seed, fertilize, and apply ice melt.
  • Engineered for smooth, even coverage.
  • Adjustable arm support helps provide maximum comfort
  • Features an adjustable arm support that provides maximum comfort. 
  • It comes fully assembled and is ready to use.

EARTHWAY Hand Crank Bag

Solo Chest-mount Spreader 

  • Fingertip levers control direction and volume
  • Large opening allows easy filling and cleaning
  • 20 lbs weight Capacity hopper 
  • Handles seed, sand, ice melter without frequent refills
  • Screw on cap prevents spillage and protects operator from chemicals and dust. 
  • Chest mount ensures snug fit and exceptional maneuverability to reduce fatigue by an even distribution of weight.
  • Rugged polyethylene and stainless steel components prevent rust and clogging.
  • Lubricated gears, fully enclosed gear box, assure long life and durability.
  • designed for spreading a variety of solid chemicals on uneven terrain more conveniently than a wheeled spreader.
  • It can handle particles as fine as sand or as large as rock salt.
  • provides the operator with unmatched maneuverability.
  • Fingertip levers control flow, volume, and direction
  • Extremely smooth operation
  • Agitator allows material to drop evenly ensuring uniform spread and preventing blockages


Incredible Control

Fingertip levers control flow, volume, and direction to ensure an even spread and application.

Gear Drive & Crank Handle

Lubricated gears, fully enclosed in the gear box, assure long life and durability. Crank handle delivers extremely smooth operation.

Screw-on Cap

Prevents spillage and protects operator from chemicals and dust.

Multiple Applications

From seed to fertilizer to rock salt to sand, the 421-S is designed to spread all season long ensuring you meet your application needs.


EarthWay chest-mounted spreader

  • This spreader is easy to use and specifically built for hilly and rough terrain.

  • Easy to use you just Strap into this spreader and crank with every step!

  • The adjustable strap lets you adjust the spreader to the perfect height allowing you to have a perfect grip on the crank.

  • it is built with those hard to reach places in mind. Take the 3100 even to those places that a push spreader won’t go!

TIPU Hand Spreader Shaker

  • Efficient use: without wasting any ingredients.
  • Effortlessly spread salt on driveways & walkways.
  • Versatile: has 3 Adjustable Openings for spreading any material you need. 
  • No need to charge anything or replace batteries.
  • Easy to use: just by Twist open the lid, fill the garden Spreader, screw the lid back on, and spread as Much as You Like.
  • Ergonomic Handle for Comfort: Spacious handle design provides a comfortable experience for evenly and consistently garden spread work.
  • Portability: Durable and multifunctional tool. Made of sturdy plastic, Up to 80 Oz, Lifetime.


Tipu Hand Spreader is the most efficient and easy spreader for Lawn and garden fertilizer, grass seeds & winter spreading materials. 

Winter spreading materials such as sand, salt, grit and ice melt can now be evenly spread in smaller areas with this hand spreader. 

Spread salt ice melter in winter to your driveway, sidewalk, steps, and so on





Before you buy:

How to choose your perfect fit:

Even though Handheld fertilizer spreaders might be similar at doing the main job of “distribution,” they are not made the same. So each one has unique features or forms to meet the requirement of different needs.

Large fields:

Handheld fertilizers aren’t made for large fields, and their coverage is limited; there is a possibility if you have the whole day for it, but we recommend you go with another option such as a pull-behind or pushed spreader.

Precision and spreading controls

You don’t want to spread the majority of your fertilizer in one area of your backyard and keep the other parts without anything left, so we suggest choosing a fertilizer spreader with controls to adjust the rate of spread and coverage.

-Dials help set a time frame to release the contained fertilizer; the more time you put, the slower it will remove the fertilizer vice versa.

-controlling edges to spread fertilizer at a limited angle to avoid waste

-stopping controls from ending or pausing the process whenever you want 

Consistency, accuracy, and precision 

Durability :

Always consider the fertilizer spreader’s durability and avoid buying the one with fragile materials if you wish to keep it for an extended period.

Look For handheld fertilizer spreaders with the most robust build with durable plastic and metal, and make sure the broadcast mechanism is built to last.

Weight and design:

Try to get a tool that has a balance between weight and design, where you get something comfortable to work with and not hurt your back or shoulders.

Battery-powered or manually operated:

Depending on your personal preferences, you can choose between an automated fertilizer spreader that you walk with it wherever you want to distribute the fertilizer or a manual one that lets you have manual control over it.

Frequently asked questions:

Is it possible to use liquid and granules with the same spreader?

Indeed, there are some types of handheld and chest-mounted units that let you do just that.

How many times a year should I use fertilization?

Depending on the climate you live in, the type of grass you have in your yard, and the fertilizer you are using. Start by reading the instructions on the labels of your fertilizer.

In general, you should do well with a range of 2 to 4 times a year, especially after the spring and in the middle of the summer. Try not to spread when rainfall is coming; otherwise, you may lose all the nutrients with it.


best mushroom growing kits

best mushroom growing kits

Mushroom cultivation, also known as fungi culture became so popular nowadays due to the accessibility of mushroom growing kits and the fun experience they provide. Don’t let me start on all the diverse tastes you can’t find elsewhere and the benefits they provide.

In this article, we will provide you with all the useful information that you need to start enjoying the full growing experience and a review of those beginner-friendly kits.

All the products reviewed in this article:


What are the steps to grow mushrooms?

Start by bringing all the components together (most kits provide you with everything you need or instruction on what you need to have). Different varieties come with extra materials, but they all have the option to grow the mushrooms in a tray or a container.

First step: Find a dark place with an adequate level of humidity for almost any type of mushrooms.

Second step:

  • Fill a tray with compost (mushroom compost).
  • Add mushroom Spawn provided in the pack to it.
  • Cover with another layer of straw or compost when mycelium begins to grow.

Third step: Keep the mix moist by spraying water or covering it with a damp cloth (make sure it isn’t dry nor soggy).

Fourth step: Harvest your mushrooms after the caps open, do not pull them out; instead, stalk from the steam.


A mushroom growing kits contain a considerable amount of mycelium pre-colonized but not yet put into the right conditions to start forming mushrooms so that it can be preserved in a packaged box until opened and provided with a suitable environment.

Water and organic materials are the requirements to start the process; they begin to form pinheads to become egg shape that would eventually become a thick stalk and rounded cap with gills underneath.


Features and benefits of each product:

Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Growing Kit

The taste of oyster mushrooms is very mild, and some describe it as subtly woody or like seafood. What makes this mushroom so unique is its texture, it is very meaty when prepared properly.

Included in this kit is an organic plant-based soil infused with mushroom spawn and a booklet with instructions, Each crop produces three to four servings of mushrooms, and each box can grow up to two crops.


  • 100% ORGANIC AND NON-GMO: There’s no need to worry about intoxicants that may hinder your plant’s growth because the Back to the Roots Mushroom Growing Kit is completely organic and not genetically modified.
  • GROW YOUR PLANT ALL YEAR-ROUND: This organic mushroom indoor kit allows you to grow your own crop all-year-round; Just place the box near a window with indirect light, mist twice a day, and you’ll see delicious, beautiful mushrooms growing within a week
  • CONVENIENT AND EASY: All you need to do is open, spray daily with the included mister, and in 10 days you’ll be harvesting your own mushrooms right out of the box
  • THE PERFECT GIFT: The perfect holiday gift, it comes in a beautiful packaging so that it’s ready to be given to foodie, garden-loving, and eco-conscious friends and family


White Button Mushroom Growing Kit

They have a mild taste and can be used in just about anything from salads to sauces. Button mushroom flavor intensifies when cooked  

This beginners kit comes with instructions, colonized growing medium, and the casing layer YOU get to mix with water and apply

  • these mushrooms are pulled directly from the farms. Just like any living thing, the kits need to be tended to upon arrival. 
  • Takes up 12 inch x 12 inch x 12 inch high space. No light needed. Growing Temperature: between 63-68 degrees F (65 being optimal).
  • The 12″ by 12″ kit offered weighs 12 to 14 lbs and can produce up to 4 lbs of mushrooms during the 6-8 week growing cycle, Once the mushrooms emerge they double in size every 24 hours! 
  • Great for the Home School as well as in the Science Classroom (ANY age group!). 


Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

Lion’s Mane has a flavor and texture similar to lobster or crab; stringy, meaty, and delicate. Once cooked, it’s slightly chewy, tender, and juicy.

this product is colonized with Lion’s Mane substrate for mushroom cultivation.

  • Produces Up To 4lbs of Mushrooms
  • A great introduction for first-time mushroom growers
  • Top shelf gourmet mushrooms that can reach the sizes of 7 inches in diameter.
  •  This grow kit requires a light misting to produce three to four flushes over a two-month period. 
  • It grows fairly well in warm climates as well, recommended temperatures are between 50-75 degrees. 
  • Expect 3 to 4 pounds of mushrooms with proper care. 
  • Setup takes 2 minutes, preferably within 7-10 days of purchase for best results. 



Morel Mushroom Growing Kit:

Morels are considered the highest quality mushrooms, due to their depth and earthy, nutty flavor. They also have a meaty texture, unlike the more slimy texture of other mushroom varieties

Morel Mushrooms are generally grown in the backyard. you can start any time your soil is workable: Spring, Summer, Fall, and even Winter (in areas with a mild climate) may take two seasons to start producing. 

  • Create an earth-friendly, sustainable, organic, outdoor Morel Mushroom garden.
  • this arrives with complete instructions and spawn (seed), of morel mushroom strains.
  • The Morel Habitat Kit can supply an individual with pounds of morel mushrooms in an earth-friendly garden area as small as 4 – 5 sq.ft. to 16 sq.ft. 
  • Made in CALIFORNIA USA. Use spawn immediately or store for up to six months.


Pink Oyster Mushroom Grow Kit

The pink oyster mushroom has a meaty and fishy taste. Just like most mushrooms, it is quite umami. Its texture is both meaty and chewy. When fried until crispy, it resembles bacon or even ham.

Grow gourmet pink oyster mushrooms kit in a few weeks. Just open the package and mist the mushroom for it to be ready to harvest.

  • you can grow your own gourmet mushrooms in your kitchen
  • Unopened, this mushroom kit lasts for months. This is why it makes it a great gift for family, friend, or for a science project. 
  • All of Forest Origins products are all natural and made in the United States.


Organic Blue Oyster Mushroom Growing Kit

Just like other oyster mushrooms, the taste is very mild, it is also very meaty when prepared properly.

All you need is water. Arrives ready to produce mushrooms and includes everything needed for home mushroom growing

  •  These Kits Certified Organic by Quality Assurance International (QAI). 
  • Mushroom logs produced through methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. 
  • Takes only a 9″ by 9″ space for growing mushrooms, on a coffee table, counter, or desk at a room temperature of arround (65 to 73 F)
  • Requires no more care nor knowledge than a common tropical plant and comes with complete instructions and materials to maintain the correct environmental conditions around your log. 
  • Each kit can produce around a pound of mushrooms in 2 to 4 crops. 
  • Oyster mushrooms need plenty of fresh air to develop normally. 

The color of your mushrooms and total number of mushrooms you can expect to get on each log may vary from log to log, and depend on your care of the log and the environmental conditions in your home.

Shiitake Mushroom Growing Kit

shiitake mushrooms are known for their strong, earthy flavor.  When cooked, shiitake caps have a velvety, meaty texture, while the stems can be tough or pleasantly chewy, if well cooked.

This pack Arrives with detailed instructions, it is very easy to grow at home, You do not need any extra tools to start! the only thing you need is patience! 

Cordyceps militaris is known as Scarlet Club Fungus, or Caterpillar Killer in the U.S, In China it is called ​蛹虫草 (Yǒng chóngcǎo) which roughly translates to pupa grass.


Most asked questions:

How easy is it to grow mushrooms?

Growing mushrooms is relatively similar to growing vegetables; there are beginner varieties and intermediate ones that require more attention.

We recommend starting with a variety that requires little to no attention; in this case, all the kits reviewed in this article are a good fit.

The good thing about mushrooms is that they are very nutritious (full of vitamins and minerals), at the same time fat and calorie-free.

Where do mushrooms grow?

You have many options on where to grow your mushrooms. They usually get their nutrition from wood logs or chips, sawdust or even compost or straw, which gives it energy from the decomposing process to turn Spores into a spawn.

In its turn, Spawn is essential to the growth of the mycelium that will eventually form a mushroom.

Mycelium is a white, fluffy substance that acts as the root system (an underground network) for the mushroom.


The Best conditions to grow mushrooms?

Mushrooms should be grown in the dark. Light will diminish their growth, they also require humidity, so it is preferable to grow them indoors, preferably in a basement. If you don’t have one, then the space under your kitchen sink is your next best option.

Mushrooms require the temperature to be between 55 and 60 degrees (lower for some varieties)


If you are intending to give this mushroom kit as a gift, we recommend you read out article on gardening gifts here where we review many other options