1. Dex Fit Nitrile Work Gloves ($13)
Sold in packs of 12, these breathable nylon-spandex gloves feature a nitrile rubber grip that prevents tools from slipping but allows use of a smartphone touchscreen. They’re also machine-washable. Buy them at Amazon.
2. Root Assassin ($50)
This clever contraption combines the teeth of a rake with the scoop of a shovel, making it easier to remove wet leaves, fallen apples, horse manure, and other backyard messes. You can even use it to dig up potatoes. Buy it at Amazon.
3. Agri-Fab Push Lawn Sweeper ($125)
As you wheel this sweeper around, a brush on the underside lifts up lawn clippings, leaves, twigs, acorns, and other debris — but without damaging your grass as rakes can. Agri-Fab also makes towable lawn sweepers. Buy it at Amazon.
4. Kindling Cracker ($100)
Make quick work of your woodpile with this cast-iron splitter, invented by a 13-year-old girl for a school science project. Set each log on the blade, then whack the log with a mallet to safely split it into kindling. Buy it at Amazon.
5. DR Power BurnCage ($300)
Need to burn a brush pile safely and efficiently? This stainless-steel cage maximizes airflow to burn leaves, wood, or paper at high temperatures while preventing flyaway embers. The cage also folds flat for easy storing. Buy it at DR Power.
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