Hands-On: The RYOBI Outdoor 40V Brushless Expand-It System

When we set out to simplify our lives by moving back to a smaller town after 20 years (and thanks for sticking with us and our lack of posts… it’s been quite the disruptive journey, to say the least!), that also included a smaller home and yard with less maintenance. A smaller yard means simpler … Read more

The One-Handed Broadcast Spreader

Late spring, early summer means fertilizer time for many of us. And for those with smaller yards, a push broadcast spreader is just too much. Handheld spreaders are a better choice but can be a real pain to operate—two hands are needed to operate the manual crank, which tends to jam all too often, while the … Read more

Sturdy, Space-Saving Outdoor Pop-Up Storage

Whether on the porch, patio, deck, in the backyard or even at the RV park, sometimes we just need a place to put our stuff to keep it clean and dry outdoors. Old-school metal sheds are big, expensive and are basically permanent fixtures, while smaller decorative plastic storage boxes rarely hold-up to the elements. YardStash … Read more

Hands-On: EGO Power+ 575 CFM 56V Cordless Blower

When it comes to leaf blowers, most pros will tell you gas-powered backpack blowers are the way to go. But EGO has made it their company mission to replace gas-powered lawn tools with battery-powered machines that are equal to or better than many gas-powered tools. Their latest blower is no exception and is, in fact, … Read more

One Tough Trencher

Many of my off-road adventures with the Jeep club involve cleaning up the messes that irresponsible campers or just plain lame trash dumpers leave behind. Do you really have to dump your washing machine in the National Forest?!? Sometimes, these adventures take us on under-utilized trails that trash dumpers favor for lack of being caught. And … Read more

BLACK+DECKER™ POWERCOMMAND™ Makes Yard Work Simpler

Ever wanted to connect your smartphone to your yard tool? Me either, unless it actually did the work for me. But the latest line of outdoor power tools from BLACK+DECKER™ with what they’re calling POWERCOMMAND™ and SMARTECH™ technology is pretty cool stuff (and I’m not actually yelling… all of their brand-speak is in ALL CAPS with … Read more