At the end of each year, the Gardening Products Review takes a close look at all of the products we’ve reviewed that year. We then award up to five products with the Golden Shovel Award for outstanding garden product.
In 2013, we had a lot a fabulous products to choose from, including some new introductions, as well as some that have been around the block a few times. Our reviewers weighed in with their favorites and we also heard from many of our readers. We revisited some of the products that we reviewed earlier in the year, checked how well products were holding up after extended use, and looked at which items got the most use from our testers and home gardeners.
After weighing the pros and cons of all of the gardening products, we’re proud to announce the 2013 winners of the Golden Shovel Awards!
2013 Golden Shovel Award Winners
Dramm ColorWear Gardening Apron – This apron holds just about everything while allowing you the flexibility to move around easily. It stands up well to heavy use and washes clean in the washing machine.
Electric Wheelbarrow – I never knew just how much I needed one of these until I tried it – now I can’t imagine moving heavy loads without it. It’s highly maneuverable, goes forward and backward at the touch of a button, and dumps large loads with little effort.
WORX GT2.0 20V MaxLithium String Trimmer/Edger – Lightweight, adjustable, and effective, with a long-lasting battery. Collapses for easy storage.
Lesche Digging Tool – A fabulous all-round digging tool that’s replaced my trowel, hori hori, bulb planter, and even my spade. A no-slip handle and edges that can be sharpened to cut through anything make this indispensable in the garden.
ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent – A highly effective way to repel mosquitoes without hosing yourself down with DEET. Simply place the device nearby, turn it on, and it clears the area of stinging insects.
Congratulations to all of the winners!
We also give a Readers’ Choice Award based on votes from our readers. You’ll find the 2013 Readers’ Choice Award winner announcement here.