Our Favorite Outdoor Rakes

There are many basic tools that each homesteader and outdoor require. An enduring, light, and easy to move outdoor rake is one of them.

Here is our favorite outdoor rakes:

1. Outdooring Adjustable Outdoor Rake

The best dealer because of its handyman capacities, the Outdooring 63-inch movable outdoor rake with an expandable head drives the opposition.

Keep in mind when I said ergonomics matter? This rake is an impeccable case for a household that exclusive needs to buy one for all individuals and all employments. It’s lightweight, making it perfect for time-escalated assignments. It has an additional 15-creeps of length than similar rakes, making it perfect for households with tall outdoors.

Its head can get into ranges as little as 7-inches and extend up to 22-crawls for gathering up leaves or raking bigger territories, similar to outdoors. If you have bushes or littler plants with just a foot or less between them, this rake makes the sensitive assignment of raking between them a secure without breaking your walk.

2. Fiskars Outdoor Rake

Its licensed 24-inch head configuration has additional wide bent tines that snatch leaves and is impervious to obstructing. This type of configuration is ideal for moving bunches of clears out. The outline is particularly useful at diminishing lower back strain as the outdoor can stand upright and make littler goes with more punch.

3. The Amazing Pickup Rake Lightweight Ergonomic Yard Tool

On the pricier side yet still exceptionally reasonable, the Amazing Pickup Rake is the greatest back and help of the cluster. Rather than taking the greater part of the littler heaps into one expansive one and after that twisting around to lift those up into the sack or canister, flush and rehash, this rake helps you to do that as you go. Comparative in configuration to the handheld indoor thing retrievers, this outdoor retriever permits you to move a lot of leaves while never twisting around or touching the outdoor heap.

4 Flower and Herb Favorites of 2016

One way to get your share of herbs and flower varieties is tea. Tea is a nice treat to be had year around. You can have it iced or warm according to your preference. Select teas with quality ingredients for the best experience.

#1 Specialty Citrus & Sweet and Sour Citrus

Sweet citrus, like Oranges, Sweet Limes, and Tangerines, produce fruit once a year for up to six months. So pick out three or four sweet citrus varieties and enjoy them year-round. Plus, the fragrance of their flowers is a real bonus!

Sour citrus, like Lemons and Limes, set fruits two times a year. For this reason, they are called everbearing.

Our Specialty Citrus includes:*

‘Australian Finger Lime’ – use as garnish

‘Kaffir Lime’ – use for Thai cooking

‘Sudachi’ – use for Japanese cooking

‘Yuzu’ – use for Japanese cooking

*Note: These varieties are hard to find; we sometimes have them.

Additional unusual varieties that we often offer include:


Lime ‘Purut’ (‘Kuffre’)

Limequat ‘Eustis’

Mandarin Clementine ‘Nules’

Mandarin ‘Kishu seedless’

Mandarin ‘Pixie’

Mandarin ‘Poukan’

Mandarinquat ‘Indio’

Orange (Blood) ‘Moro’

Orange ‘Red Valencia’

Orange ‘Vaniglia Sanguino’

Pummelo ‘Mato Buntan’

Tangelo ‘Orlando’

#2 Citrus Trees for Year-Round Enjoyment

Kumquat, Lemon, Mandarin, Orange, Tangelo, Tangerine

There are many varieties of tasty citrus trees that you can grow in your garden besides Meyer Lemons and Bearss Limes. Plus, the planting season around here lasts from now through September. Here are some varieties that Mia recommends:

Kumquat ‘Ngami’ – fruit ripens Dec-late Spring

Lemon ‘Pink Lemonade’ – fruit is Everbearing

Mandarin/Tangerine ‘Gold Nugget’ seedless – fruit ripens Mar-Aug

Mandarin/Tangerine ‘Kishu Mini’ – fruit Ripens late Oct-Feb

Mandarin/Tangerine ‘Satsuma’ – fruit ripens Dec-Feb

Mandarin/Tangerine ‘Tango’ seedless – fruit ripens Jan-July

Mandarin/Tangerine ‘Yosemite Gold’ – fruit ripens late Jan-April

Orange ‘Cara Cara Pink’ – fruit ripens Jan-May

Orange (Blood) ‘Tarocco’ – fruit ripens Feb-May

Tangelo ‘Minneola’ – fruit ripens Feb-April

#3 Fuji Apple, California’s New Favorite!

Fuji Apple

Malus domestica

Recent introduction from Japan that quickly became California’s favorite apple. Sweet, very crisp and flavorful, excellent keeper. Dull reddish-orange skin, sometimes russeted. Ripe mid-September. Excellent pollenizer for other apple varieties. Low chilling requirement (less than 500 hours). Self-fruitful.
A Hardy Australian Shrub for Dry Spots

#4 Wax Flower, Geraldton Wax


Native to South Western Australia, Chamelaucium is an easy-to-grow, drought-tolerant shrub. Has a long bloom period (mid-Winter thru Spring) during which plant produces tall stalks of blooms which make for great, long-lasting cut flowers. Some of our favorite varieties include:

  • ‘Bridal Pearl’
  • ‘Jasper’
  • ‘Purple Pride’
  • ‘Sterling Range’
  • ‘Sweet 16’
  • ‘University’

Winter Gardening Tips

  • Tree Pruning—Most deciduous trees respond well to pruning during their Winter dormant period. Generally it is best to wait until a few weeks after the last leaves have fallen off. Pruning is a skill that can be learned with some practice, and the results in the Spring of careful pruning are always worth the effort. If you have questions about when to prune your tree or trees, stop by the Gardens and ask, or Contact Us and let us know the age, location and type of tree.
  • Sod Removal—A sod lawn is a luxury in Southern California, as water rates rise and supplies become more tenuous every day. Winter is a good time to consider removing a lawn and planting drought tolerant plants and edible vegetables, herbs and fruits. This type of renovation is a major project that may take months, and require professional assistance. During Winter, other gardening chores are minimized, and professional assistance from professional landscapers and architects is often more available. Thinking of removing your lawn? Contact us to chat about some possible planting strategies.
  • Soil Preparation—Now is a good time to remove older plants and organic waste from your garden and landscape. Don’t forget to replace vital nutrients that may have been removed from your soil. We have a wide variety of organic supplements, and years of experience with bringing mature gardens back to life. Contact us at Cedros Gardens and talk to our specialists to get the right products for your yard and garden.