Essential Garden Tools

Gardening is tricky business. It’s true, seasoned gardeners will tell you that every year is different. Just when we think we have mastered the art of growing the perfect tomato, or joyous at the abundance of flowers on our favourite perennial plant this year, it is no guarantee that next year will be the same. So many variables, so little time! Precipitation, temperature, sunlight, pests, critters and disease can and will skew any garden plan. What can I say? Mother Nature likes to keep us on our hoes! But don’t give up, it does get easier. Gardeners, are a wily bunch and our tricks, tools and anecdotes are known far and wide. Hopefully my suggestions on this page will add a few new tools to your garden shed. Use them, improve on them, or experiment with something totally your own.


Motion Activated Sprinkler

Motion Activated Sprinkler - Gardening

This pest-deterring sprinkler is great for protecting gardens by day or night.

It has a highly sensitive infrared sensor that operates unattended and sprays when movement is detected. It senses small or large animals and operates 24 hours a day. The energy-efficient circuits operate for up to 6 months (or 3000 cycles) on one 9-volt battery (not included). Attached to your hose, it uses only 2 to 3 cups of water per event, so it can usually be used in communities engaged in water rationing.

The smart circuitry automatically dampens sensitivity in windy conditions to prevent false triggering. An adjustable sensitivity control changes the distance the unit can “see”. Detection range is 10′ to 30′. Assembles quickly by hand without tools. Optional scarecrow decals are included. Measures 24″ tall. Ideal for keeping night “visitors” (including deer) out of your gardens.

Battery should be replaced every year for best performance.

This sprinkler was the best $100.00 I ever spent! Its crucial I protect my plants from the ‘wild things’ that consider the bush and the plants on the properties around the bush their personal smorgasbord. Probably they are right, we all have to eat. I am positive most of the ‘wild things’ were here long before I was. Deer, pheasant, groundhog, rabbit, chipmunk, beaver, coyote, skunk, raccoon, snakes and spiders. I’ve seen them all try to outfox me, well, maybe not the spiders! One thing is certain, the motion detector sprinkler from Lee Valley, worked on almost every critter. Darn groundhogs.

Bonus: This sprinkler is highly durable. Mine is still going strong after 10 years of heavy use.


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