Patio & Garden

  1. Making a Convertible DIY Outdoor Ping Pong Table
    people outside playing ping poing on a DIY ping pong table

    Table tennis, or ping pong as many call it, is the perfect game for social gatherings. It's easy for people of all ages to play, and it's a great bonding activity. However, ping pong tables are big, which means it's challenging to find a place for them.

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  2. Deadheading Flowers: How to Make Your Garden Look Healthier
    Deadheading petunias flowers

    How do you keep flowers blooming? How do you make flowers healthier? One answer to these questions may be deadheading. What does deadheading mean in gardening? If you have never heard of this practice, learning about it could be the answer to your flower

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  3. Canning 101: How to Properly Can Everything
    jars of canned goods

    The process of canning to preserve foods dates back to the early 1800s when Napoleon sought a way to prevent French troops from getting sick by spoiled rations. Scientifically minded chefs ultimately discovered the key to producing non-perishable foods

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  4. Annual Tree and Shrub Pruning Helps Your Garden Thrive
    trimming hedges with hedge shears

    Trimming hedges, bushes and trees in your garden yields several benefits. Not only does trimming keep your landscape looking its best throughout the year, but it also promotes healthy plants. Before you get to work with your pruning

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  5. Reasons for a Cloudy Pool and How to Treat It
    cloudy swimming pool

    Summer is the perfect season to hit the pool. Most pool owners want sparkling clean water, but it can be a fight to keep it looking good. Sometimes, that water might have a cloudy or green appearance. No one wants to swim in dirty water. It is up to you

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  6. Garden Lime: How to Get the Best From It
    Gardener spreading garden lime over soil in the garden

    Garden lime has many uses throughout your landscape. You can use it to control grubs, kill fungus, and amend the soil. Using lime allows you to boost the nutrients in your ground and correct those soil pH levels. Here is how to get the best results from

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  7. Hot Weather Lawn Care: How to Keep Grass Healthy
    Dried up lawn during a hot summer drought

    The Basics of Hot Weather Lawn Care

    Heat waves are an unavoidable part of summer in many places. However, they do not inevitably ruin lawns. With the right hot weather lawn care tips, you can help your lawn survive a scorching summer. This guide

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  8. The Ultimate Guide on Fall Lawn Care in 3 Steps
    Lawn mower mulching fall leaves

    When the high temps finally start dropping, your lawn care routine changes. There are several things you can do in the fall to make your lawn look better next year. Also, proper fall lawn care will protect it during the colder months. This guide includes

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  9. Trimming and Pruning: Best time to trim hedges, trees and bushes
    Pruners trimming tree and bush branches and limbs

    Annual Tree and Shrub Pruning Helps Your Garden Thrive

    Trimming hedges, bushes and trees in your garden yields several benefits. Not only does trimming keep your landscape looking its best throughout the year, but it also promotes healthy plants.

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  10. How to Get Rid of Leaves: 5 Alternatives to Bagging for Pickup
    Placing fall leaves in plastic bags for disposal

    Many adults today have childhood memories of raking leaves and playing in the leaf piles. Some parents today pass on that tradition and let their kids enjoy the leaves before bagging them. Did you know there are other ways to use those leaves? Instead

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  11. Garden Hose Buying Guide
    different types of garden hoses

    What is the best garden hose on the market? What is the best garden hose that won't kink? Is vinyl or rubber better for garden hoses? These are just a few of the many questions that bombard people's minds when they shop for hoses. It's easy to feel overwhelmed

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  12. The Ultimate Guide to Pruning and Trimming Tools
    Pruning and Trimming Tools

    It's nearly impossible to keep your landscaping in tip-top shape without the proper tools at your disposal. Luckily, you don't need to spend a small fortune on gardening hardware to get the job done right. Tools like pruning shears, hedge shears, and

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  13. How to Raise Chickens: The Ultimate Guide
    baby chickens

    When people consider raising their own chickens, they often have many questions. Are chickens easy to raise? How many chickens should a beginner start with? What do chickens need? If you don't know where to start, don't panic. Raising chickens certainly

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  14. How to Choose the Best Snow Shovel for This Winter
    person shoveling the snow

    Do you need a new shovel? Perhaps you just moved or bought a house and are now in charge of snow removal. Should you choose plastic or metal? Electric or manual? Shoveling is a winter task that many people dread. However, having the right shovel can make

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  15. How to Water Plants While Away: 4 Tips To Make Your Plants Survive
    bottle watering plants

    Do you ever feel like you can’t travel because of your plants? They need water, but you need a vacation. So, what do you do? Can you really water plants while away? Instead of asking someone to water for you, set up a self-watering system while

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  16. How to Grow a Christmas Cactus for Blooming Results
    Christmas cactus sitting on table

    Like many popular houseplants, the Christmas cactus goes by several different names. Commonly called a Zygocactus, this succulent is also known as a Thanksgiving cactus and a holiday cactus due to its habit of blooming in late fall and early winter. Call

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  17. Winterproofing Your Chicken Coop: How to Keep Chickens Warm in Winter
    four chickens walking in snow

    Raising your own chickens can be rewarding in many ways. But there are a lot of dos and don'ts to keeping a happy, healthy flock. One of the most important "dos" is to keep them warm enough during the cold-weather months. If you follow a few tips and

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  18. Discover Multiple Ways to Use Diatomaceous Earth at Home
    gardener sprinkling diatomaceous earth on garden with trowel

    Made from fossilized algae, diatomaceous earth is a sandy substance that has multiple benefits and uses. Although primarily known for lawn care, this rock powder offers many other useful home applications. So, how do you use diatomaceous earth in your

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  19. What Are the Best Pellets for Smoking? A Buying Guide
    small pile of wood pellets on table

    Barbeque chefs have long debated whether it's better to smoke with pellets or charcoal. Since there isn't consistent evidence showing that one is safer than the other, the choice comes down to personal preferences. Pellets tend to be more expensive. However,

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  20. Spruce Up Your Garden by Planting in a Feeding Trough
    large metal trough with plants

    Raised gardens can really bring an outdoor area to life. While you could buy new materials for a raised garden bed, a cheaper — and often more creative — option is to repurpose a feeding trough. These narrow containers are generally designed to hold wat

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  21. Follow These Steps to Open Your Pool for Summer Fun
    Swimming pool chemicals and cleaning tools with pool in background

    If you have a pool, one of the most exciting parts of summer is the chance to finally go swimming. As the days get warmer, most homeowners count down the days until they can finally jump in the water again. However, after your pool's been sitting unused

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  22. Garden Cart vs. Wheelbarrow: Which One to Buy for Your Garden
    yellow garden cart with mulch and shovel

    What are garden carts for? What's the difference between a cart and a wheelbarrow? These are some things people often ask when they consider buying a cart or a wheelbarrow. Garden carts and wheelbarrows are handy for moving supplies, trash, and more. They're especially great if you need to move landscaping rocks, fertilizer, or anything else heavy. This guide will help solve the garden cart vs. wheelbarrow debate with definitions, pros, cons, and more. Learn how to find the best garden cart or wheelbarrow for your needs.

    What Are Wheelbarrows? What Are Garden Carts?

    The biggest considerations in the wheelbarrow vs. cart decision are why you need something to transport items. A wheelbarrow cart and a garden or yard cart are two different things. While they perform similar functions, it's important to recognize the differences. 

    A yard or garden cart is shallow with a large, flat bottom and straight sides. The wheels tend to be larger than a wheelbarrow's wheels. Wheelbarrows may have only one or two wheels and sloped or curved trays. Some wheelbarrows have four wheels, but these are usually more expensive and are used on farms and ranches. Because of its design, a wheelbarrow offers greater maneuverability and versatility. However, maneuverability is harder with heavier or unbalanced loads. Garden carts tend to offer more stability.

    Carts and wheelbarrows vary in their capacity. You may see it listed as cubic feet, and 6 cubic feet is a good choice for a wheelbarrow. If you pick one larger than that, it can be harder to control. Carts come in capacity sizes of a couple of cubic feet or more. Whether you choose a cart or a wheelbarrow, pick one that works for your needs to avoid overloading it. 

    Another common difference between the two is their handles. Carts often have one straight bar-like handle, and wheelbarrows have two separate handles.

    Pros and Cons of Wheelbarrows

    One of the main advantages of a garden wheelbarrow is its design that allows you to haul loose matter. Carts have a flatter design. A wheelbarrow tends to be deeper than a garden cart. Its design lends to greater maneuverability, which makes it easier to steer than a garden cart on non-smooth surfaces.

    Since many have one wheel, transporting loads requires balancing them correctly. If not, the wheelbarrow may tip over. This may not be the case with two-wheel or four-wheel wheelbarrows. Some people choose two- and four-wheel versions for heavier or larger loads. Some wheelbarrows have tires with air. One disadvantage of wheelbarrows that have air in their tires is the risk of flat tires. However, some types do have solid tires, but those can make transport rougher.

    Smaller wheelbarrows are easier to store than larger ones. If the product is metal, it's important to store it properly to avoid rust. One common space-saving way to store it is to use a wall rack.

    While there are several sizes of wheelbarrows, most people choose the 3- or 6-cubic-feet products. Many people wonder how many loads it takes to transport the material they plan to use. You may need to convert a load's cubic yardage to a wheelbarrow's cubic feet capacity. Transporting a cubic yard of material with a capacity of 3 cubic feet takes about nine wheelbarrow loads.

    Pros and Cons of Garden Carts

    There are several styles and types of garden carts. For example, you may find metal and plastic garden carts for sale. Although some metal products may have components that can rust, they may be more durable than one with thin plastic. A thicker polymer is more suitable for heavier use. However, any cart can get damaged if you overload it.

    Many carts can handle heavier loads than wheelbarrows, and they're designed to be stable. Also, carts carry the entire weight of the load. A wheelbarrow requires more effort from the operator. Some smaller carts can also fold up, which is great for easy storage and saving space.

    Carts can be harder to move on uneven lawns, gravel, or other rough terrains. However, on smoother surfaces, the wheels roll easier than a wheelbarrow. This is especially true with heavier items. Larger carts that do not fold up may take up more storage space. They're not as easy to hang on the wall as a wheelbarrow.

    When it comes to load capacity, there are more options with carts. You can also find different styles, like front trucks that tip forward and sit flush on the ground for easy scooping. Popular capacity choices are between 6 and 12 cubic feet.

    The Final Showdown: Wheelbarrow or Garden Cart?

    You now have a better idea of which product to pick based on needs like bulkier items or loose matter. Your needs and your budget may determine which option is better for you. For instance, polymer or plastic materials tend to cost less than high-quality metals. However, if you need something durable for heavy loads, be sure to pick a suitable material.

    Capacity choices also depend on the loads you are carrying. Perhaps you need something for regular lawn care needs and don't need a high-capacity cart. On the other hand, you may have a project like landscaping or creating window boxes and may need something that can handle heavier loads. Aside from capacity and material, read reviews to determine quality. Choose a product from a reputable manufacturer. If any products you're considering come with warranties, compare those as well.

    Pay attention to the handles of a cart or wheelbarrow. For wheelbarrows, ergonomic handles may be helpful. Look at the wheels to make sure the cart or wheelbarrow is sturdy. If you pick a wheelbarrow, decide whether you want solid or pneumatic tires. Be sure to have the supplies you need to care for pneumatic tires if you choose them.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    These are some questions that people frequently ask about yard carts and wheelbarrows.

    How do you pick a wheelbarrow?

    Pick one that has a capacity high enough to handle your intended use. Make sure you understand the difference between non-pneumatic and pneumatic tires to pick the right type. Also, pick one with comfortable and sturdy steering handles.

    What's the best wheelbarrow to get?

    The best one will have the right material and capacity for your needs. In addition to having suitable tires and handles, it should have good reviews.

    Are one or two wheels better for a wheelbarrow?

    It's better to have two wheels for heavier loads. However, one-wheel models are easier to steer and may be more suitable on rough terrain.

    Is a poly or steel wheelbarrow better?

    For heavier loads, steel is better with its durability. Poly or plastic products are fine as long as you stay within the load capacity limits.

    What's the difference between a wheelbarrow and a cart?

    Wheelbarrows can have one, two, or four wheels, and carts always have four wheels. They may also have different wheel materials. Additionally, a wheelbarrow's body design is deeper and more curved. The handle styles are also different.

    What's better than a wheelbarrow?

    A cart may be better if you're moving heavier or bulkier items across a smooth surface. It doesn't require as much physical effort.

    What are garden carts for?

    Garden carts are for hauling landscaping or gardening supplies. They may also be used to haul other items.

    How do I choose a garden cart?

    Pick one with a design that fits your needs for the things

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  23. Seed Storage Guide: How to Save Seeds
    gardener's hand planting seeds in dark soil

    Is it worth storing seeds? How do you clean and save seeds? People often wonder if they should save the seeds from their garden vegetables or fruits. When you save seeds, you'll save money, too, since you'll already have them on hand for the next time

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  24. Closing Your Pool in 10 Steps
    covered pool in winter

    When it's too cool to swim, and you're putting away the pool toys, it's time to think about closing your pool. If you're a new pool owner, you may be wondering what you need to do. How do you close a pool step by step? What chemicals do you need to close

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