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The Kearneys Have a New Tool

We’ve neglected the back yard (and front yard) at our current place this year since we hadn’t decided where we were planning to live.

But now that we know that, we need to catch up and stop slacking. BEsides, it’s hard to plant some of those fall and winter producing plants when everything is overgrown with weeds.

It was a daunting task. Now it’s a bit less daunting.

Step one was handing all the kids a pair of gloves, assigning an area to work in, and letting em go at it.

That worked for a bit, but it rapidly fell apart when Daughter #1 found a snake and freaked out, the other kids got hot and sweaty, and I was too tired from work to feel like dealing with the whining.

My wife and I decided to head out after the little ones were in bed and get some work done. Besides, I had this new handy tool to try out. I had read about it in one of the books that are sitting on my desk for reviewing.

It’s called a stirrup hoe, or a scuffle hoe. Plainly put, I have no idea why I didn’t know about this before, but there is no question that it’s my new favorite garden and landscaping tool.

We were able to clean out garden and flower beds in a fraction of the time. The 45 minutes or so we spent outside we cleaned up what would have taken us a couple of hours at least to do by hand. It’s easier, but still work…

A huge time saver, and a major labor saver. And definitely something that helps the joints and such. Way better than doing it all by hand!

We’re going to go get a couple more of these, and we’ll definitely add it to our prep list. They’re not too expensive unless you go get a fancy one.

What other cool but uncommon tools do you have in your toolbox?

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2 Responses to The Kearneys Have a New Tool

  1. I enjoy using our “hula hoe” too. They work great, especially on young weeds, where I can weed an entire 4X16 garden bed in less than 5 minutes. In fact, last year when I was being asked what I wanted for gifts I said told everyone a hula hoe. I got two. The two people were sort of embarassed that they bought the same thing while I was absolutely thrilled. Now I have one for me, one for Boy, and one for Girl!