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Here's how to get your garden ready for the warmer months ahead

Here’s how to get your garden ready for the warmer months ahead

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Here’s how to get your garden ready for the warmer months ahead

A new season requires some fresh landscaping: From planting to fertilizing and lawn care, here’s how to get your garden ready for the warmer months ahead. Warmer temperatures are coming, and this is the perfect time to devote a little attention to our gardens and lawn, so when spring does hit, we’re able to enjoy the outdoors without being plagued by all of those weekend chores. Here are a few tips to get you started!

Weed control

When temperatures start to rise, weeds pop up like, well, weeds. Get at them right away with pre-emergent weed control to get rid of them before they’ve had their time to germinate, or use a post-emergent if they’re already active and growing. Remember to be responsible with the earth around you: If you’re going to use chemicals, use only those that target your particular problem area, and always remember to follow the product directions carefully.

When is it safe to plant annuals?

Annuals can be quite delicate, and they don’t like frost, so all of this depends on your local frost dates, and that will determine when it is safe to plant your annuals and vegetables. For annuals, you will be transplanting from pots, flats, or six-packs at the garden centre, so it’s safe to plant when the last frost date has passed. In southern Ontario, that’s typically after the May long weekend.

Order summer-flowering bulbs and seeds

Now is a great time to order your summer-flowering bulbs and seeds such as lilies, gladioli, and ranunculi – all can be ordered ahead of time for early spring planting.

Set up your compost

If you haven’t done so already, set up a compost area in your garden. Whether you decide to build your own with some spare wood around your house or you opt to buy a ready-made compost bin, this area is essential for you to store your organic waste. Once it has broken down, you will get this rich compost that your plants will thrive on. Remember to have a decent mixture of vegetable peels, wood prunings, paper, and grass clippings, and don’t forget to help the process along by turning your compost with a garden fork every month to keep it aerated.

Clean your tools

Not only will maintaining your garden tools help save you money in the long term, it will also help prevent the spread of disease (dirty secateurs love bringing bacteria and fungi to fresh pruning). Use detergent, hot water, and a brush to give your bladed tools a good clean, and then have them sharpened at your local garden store so you can get cleaner pruning cuts.

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Sneak Peek: Tools

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Sneak Peek: Tools

Here’s an excerpt from our feature on the latest hand tools, work wear, and safety in our October/November issue

Happy Birthday, Stanley!

Way back in 1843, Frederick Trent Stanley started the iconic tool company that still bears his name. The company originally manufactured bolts, hinges, and other hardware. In the 1930s, the company took over a British tool manufacturer and, today, one of its most popular inventions – the utility knife – is typically referred to as a “Stanley knife” in the U.K.

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In celebration of the 175th anniversary, the company has released some commemorative products including a modernized 1930s-style 10’ tape measure, a 122-piece socket set, and 11-piece wrench sets available in metric or imperial measures. The commemorative tools are available exclusively at Canadian Tire.

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Re-Crafting Craftsman: The iconic brand has been re-launched by Stanley Black & Decker

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Re-Crafting Craftsman: The iconic brand has been re-launched by Stanley Black & Decker

With the slow and ongoing demise of the Sears retail empire, it was inevitable that the company’s iconic tool brand, Craftsman, would be up for grabs. Early in 2017, Stanley Black & Decker (SBD) stepped in and bought the Craftsman brand for an eye-popping $900-million USD. This August, SBD held a re-launch event for the brand, unveiling more than 1,200 new product SKUs, including hand tools, storage units, and a lineup of 30 cordless tools built on a new 20-volt battery pack. All will be sold in Canada at Rona and Lowe’s stores.

The V20 tools include a brushless ½” drill/driver, an 18-guage finish nailer, and a 7¼“ sliding mitre saw. Corded tools include a variety of saws, routers, sanders, and radios.

On the hand tool side, keeping with Craftsman traditional, there’s a heavy focus on mechanics’ tools, including 72- and 120-tooth ratchet sets. There are also tape measures with an 11-foot standout, a number of utility knives – including snap off blade models made specifically with the Canadian market in mind – hammers, drivers, and more.

Of course, the Craftsman brand had long ago expanded beyond tools and tool storage units and SBD keeps that tradition alive with everything from garage door openers and riding lawnmowers (including one with a 5”-turning radius). There even showed off a compact beer fridge. For use after you’ve put down the tools of course.

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Tools of the Criminal Trade

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Tools of the Criminal Trade

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Not that we’d ever suggest you put down your toolbelt to take up a life of crime, but we were certainly intrigued by this Bloomberg Businessweek photo essay, “Seven tools for discerning burglars,” that highlights come of the everyday tools – including a Hilti coring drill and a Milwaukee Sawzall – that crooks use to ply their trade.

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DeWalt’s Tool Connect and jobsite WiFi systems

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DeWalt’s Tool Connect and jobsite WiFi systems

Hands up if you’ve ever had a tool walk off the jobsite. Okay, everyone can put your hands down now. We’ve all had this aggravating and costly experience. DeWalt’s Tool Connect inventory management system can help avoid this happening again, and can save hours wasted each week trying to track down misplaced equipment via online and mobile platforms.

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DeWalt’s lineup of Tool Connect-enabled tools includes a compact hammer drill, impact driver, and even a laser distance measure.

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But more than simply tracking tools, Tool Connect allows users to run diagnostics and customize tool performance features. The 20V impact driver (DCF888), for example, can be set stall for one second before impacting, protecting the fastener and material surface.

The system even works on tools and materials that aren’t factory-shipped with Tool Connect via the use of the Tool Connect Tag, a dust-proof, water-resistant device that can be discretely attached to anything you want to keep track of on the jobsite.

Alternatively, an adaptor called, appropriately, the Connector can be permanently attached between a 20V Max tool and its battery.

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Top tools: Grex Cordless Nail Gun

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Top tools: Grex Cordless Nail Gun

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The first cordless nail gun offering from Grex features a very unique power system. Believe it or not, the GC 1850 brad nailer is powered by two AAA alkaline batteries, the same ones you pop in a kid’s toy. Armed with those AAA’s, and a 1,300-shot fuel cartridge, the GC1850 is capable of driving 50,000 ½” to 2”, 18-gauge brads per battery cycle. Weighing in at just 4.4 lbs., the GC1850 is lighter (by as much as three pounds) than its competitors and features a dial control on top to adjust driving depth depending on the material.

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This is an excerpt from “Power to the People,” our annual compilation of top new power tools for 2017 in the February/March issue.

 

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