If you are building a new home or simply want to update your current home, start outside with curb appeal. Read more »
Here comes the bride — and the groom, the bridesmaids, and the groomsmen – plan ahead, practice a little, and then enjoy bring... Read more »
When you’re filling out your wish-list of wedding gifts, don’t forget to include supplies for the garden shed. With the right... Read more »
The first time you try our PowerGear2™ Pruner, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear techno... Read more »
The first time you try our PowerGear2™ Hedge Shears, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear techn... Read more »
The first time you try our PowerGear2™ Lopper, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented-pending tec... Read more »
Making your own wedding invites and thank you cards is a delightful task when you a few versatile tools and simple techniques... Read more »
Nothing adds a special touch to a wedding like a handmade item. Read more »
Create a beautiful setting for your post-wedding brunch. Using these Fiskars tools will make the project even easier. Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of crafting and mixed media tasks, our Amplify® Mixed Media Shears sense blade separation and force th... Read more »
Our unique Tag Maker with Built-in Eyelet Setter features an innovative design that makes it easy to create tags perfect for gi... Read more »
Choose our low-maintenance Photo Bypass Paper Trimmer to trim large quantities of photos with speed and precision. An easy-to-u... Read more »
Give your small outdoor space a mini makeover using a few simple tools to complete these fabulous projects. Read more »
Window treatments can turn a room from drab to fab, but if you’re on a budget sometimes hand-me-down curtains will have to do,... Read more »
If you’re not ready to fully embrace the trend for bold 70’s prints in your clothing, why not reflect it with a gloriously lou... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
Perfect for users with larger hands or anyone who needs to make long cuts through fabric, our RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears feature... Read more »
Our Classic Stick Rotary Cutter with a 45 mm blade is ideal for crisp, controlled cuts on a wide variety of materials. A symmet... Read more »
Make clean up time a fun game for the kids! It becomes really easy for toddlers and preschoolers to match their toys to their... Read more »
Funny Face Magnet Gift Wrap is simple to make and quite literally gives each gift magnetic personality. Read more »
“Painting” with tissue paper is not only fun but beautiful! Read more »
Our Preschool Training Scissors features a special training lever that opens the blades after each cut, helping children learn... Read more »
Children love our Designer Non-stick Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the colorful handle patterns that make cutting fun and the non... Read more »
Our Designer Non-stick Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those ol... Read more »
The most common complaint I hear when traveling is about soil quality for growing veggies. It may be too sandy, full of clay... Read more »
Creating a customized look is easier than you think - even when it comes to sewing up larger items such as this duvet cover an... Read more »
Introduced to the world as a quality fabric scissors, the Original Orange-Handled Scissors redefined the standard for cutting p... Read more »
Here are five fast tips for saving money with garden-related projects:
1) Make Compost: Much of that garden waste you’re cleaning up now should go into a compost pile. That includes fallen leaves, which will decompose faster if you shred them first with the lawn mower.
By recycling this organic matter into rich compost, you’ll have a great soil amendment for future growing seasons. I’m a big fan of the Fiskars Eco Bin 75-gallon composter. In fact, I use two: One to store new garden waste; the other to allow older waste to finish decomposing into black gold for the garden. The mesh sides and open bottoms on these composters speed up the process.
2) Buy in Bulk: It really pays to buy soil amendments in bulk, rather than by the bag. For instance, mulch is a great way to reduce weeds in the garden and save water. In northern climates, mulch can help protect plants from winter damage too. However, it’s nearly always less expensive to buy a cubic yard of mulch – which covers approximately 100 square feet at 3 inches deep – rather than buying the same amount of bagged mulch from the store. If you don’t have a truck, work out a deal with a friend, so you can skip the delivery charge and transport the mulch yourself to save extra money.
Some commercial sanitary departments give away composted leaves for free, or at a reduced price. Check with your local company.
3) Divide Plants: Just one overgrown perennial can provide several smaller plants to use around the garden. Fall is a great time to divide perennials. The best time is when the plants have lost their leaves and are about to go dormant. Use these plant divisions to fill in empty spots around your garden. Or, share extras with friends. Better yet, host a “garden swap” with neighbors, family members and friends. Ask everyone to bring well-labeled, divided perennial starts to swap with others. It’s a fun and FREE way to get more great plants for your garden.
4) Shop Around: A little research will save you lots of money when it comes to buying garden supplies. Around this time of year, local garden centers offer end-of-season rates for perennials, trees and shrubs. In most cases, this is a great time to plant anyway, so the timing couldn’t be better. Garden supplies also tend to be on sale around now, so keep your eyes open and snatch up some good deals for now and the next growing season.
5) Collect Rainwater: This money-saving tip will benefit you all four seasons. Save big bucks on your water bills and reduce your water usage with a rain barrel that collects the rainwater for your garden’s irrigation needs.
It’s definitely worth it. Just one inch of rain on a thousand feet of roof surface equals about 625 gallons of free, harvestable water. So you can see why it pays to use a rain barrel in your garden. Plus, you’ll feel good knowing you’re recycling water, which is a precious resource in much of the nation right now.
Whether you’re buying in bulk, swapping plants with friends or making your own soil amendments, you’ll find there are lots of ways to save money in the garden all year long