In most of the country, now is garden prep time, when tons of soil, compost, and other amendments are incorporated into beds and borders. Getting the garden ready for planting is some of the most physically demanding work of the gardening year, and without the proper tools, it can take a real toll on the body. That is why every gardener needs a good garden cart or wheelbarrow. Count on one of these to keep you moving all the way to fall cleanup.
The Seymour children’s wheelbarrow allows young gardeners to get their hands dirty and help out. The poly tray is corrosion-proof, and the solid rubber wheel lets them steer it through any terrain. Adults gardening in tight spaces will also find the compact size useful.
$37 from Hayneedle
Big garden but no storage space? The Collapsible Yard Cart is the perfect solution. When closed, it leans in a corner, out of the way. When opened, it has a 150-pound load capacity and lies flat on the ground for easy loading. For community gardeners, it fits easily into a car trunk or backseat.
$70 from Clean Air Gardening3. Sturdy
A garden cart/wheelbarrow hybrid, the Ames Total Control garden cart has two 18-inch wheels for stability, combined with the lightweight maneuverability of a wheelbarrow. The poly tray is 5 cubic feet, and the newly designed grip allows for easy dumping and steady handling.
$90 from Ames True Temper
For those in need of a heavy-duty hauler, the Lee Valley garden wagon with side racks is the workhorse of garden carts, but with classic styling to make it easy on the eyes. It can cart 1/2 ton of weight on its four 31/2-inch-wide wheels. The 2-by-4-foot base is steel mesh, and the entire cart is hand-made.
$230 from Lee Valley
The 6.5-cubic-foot tub of the Lifetime wheelbarrow is made entirely from postconsumer recycled materials. It has a 550-pound load capacity, but the wheels absorb 85 percent of the weight. There’s a roll bar in front for stability, and even a tray with built-in cup holders.
$180 from Lifetime