All together Americans spend close to 40 billion dollars a year on their lawns and gardens — an average of close to $500 per household. With all that yard work, you may need help with the hauling. Consumer Reports just tested an alternative to the tippy old wheelbarrow.
Ed Tenthoff can't imagine doing yard work without his garden cart. He uses it to haul leaves, move mulch and cart around firewood. He says it's a whole lot better than a wheelbarrow.
"With the two wheels, it holds the weight and all I have to do is maneuver and move it."
Consumer Reports just tested 14 garden carts in several sizes, ranging in price from 30 dollars to close to 300.
Staffers took the carts around a track that included obstacles you might encounter in a garden.
They went over boards…
and across rough terrain.
They checked how easy the carts were to maneuver in and out of tight spots.
And how easy they were to dump.
The inexpensive carts — the ones made entirely of plastic — are no bargain. They're hard to lift and push. And they had trouble on the course…
crossing the boards was a struggle.
By contrast, the Medium Garden Cart from Gardener's Supply is especially easy to push with its large, air-filled tires. But at $275 — it's expensive.
Testers say a good alternative is this one from Agri-Fab,
which Consumer Reports named a Best Buy. It's the Agri-Fab Poly Lawn Cart for $100.
It proved easy to lift and maneuver. And it made it over the boards.
Many of the garden carts need to be assembled. But testers found the medium-sized Agri-Fab cart wasn't hard to put together. It took less than an hour. You can find Agri-Fab carts at garden centers and hardware stores.