With so much time spent at home this year, many homeowners have taken up gardening. To encourage this trend and spread the joy that spending time in nature brings, we’ve pulled together a list of Water Authority Conservation staff’s favorite garden tools they can’t live without.

hula hoe skidger
Carlos Bustos, Water Conservation Program Manager and Paulina Aguilera-Eaton, Water Conservation Specialist, both recommend the skidger – basically a hula hoe on steroids. “Weed early, weed often, and never bend over for a weed again. This tool works in perfect symbiosis with a landscape blanketed with organic mulch.”

glove and glove clips
Amos Arber, Xeriscape Incentive Inspector, swears by garden glove clips. “I can’t live without glove clips for keeping my gloves together.”

bee house new mexico
Denise Rumley, Water Conservation Specialist-Supervisor, loves bee houses! 

hori hori knife
Richard Perce, Irrigation Efficiency Specialist, says this tool is not only indestructible, it’s also beautiful. Hori Hori Ultimate & Sheath

garden kneeler
Katherine Yuhas, retired Water Resources Division Manager, says, “I love these garden seats. They are perfect little seats when pruning shrubs and flowers.”
Author: Jill Brown, ASLA Landscape Architect and owner of My Landscape Coach in Albuquerque, NM. Photography courtesy of Andy Young, Albuquerque, NM. Have a question about the article? AskAnExpert@abcwua.org