Core CGT 400 Trimmer Review: This Electric Trimmer Is a Gas

Gas-powered weed eaters are burly enough to chop down the thickest underbrush, no doubt. But they're also noisy, smelly, and expensive to run. Instead, take the CGT400 Trimmer from CORE GasLess Power for a spin. » 7/01/13 3:31pm 7/01/13 3:31pm

This Cordless String Trimmer Leaves Weeds Shaking in Their Roots

One day last spring, out whacking weeds with Popular Mechanics' veteran home editor Roy Berendsohn, it became clear that a gas-powered string trimmer has more stamina than any reasonable man has weeds to whack. » 4/06/12 12:20pm 4/06/12 12:20pm

8 Tools to Help You Grow a Nice Green Garden

Despite the images of dirt and hand tools, gardening can be an activity for gadgetheads, too. I mean, you still have to be (mostly) into dirt, the sun, and leaving the house, but don't think you can't throw a few fun toys into the mix—including fire, robots and LEDs. Let's plant! » 4/27/11 1:00pm 4/27/11 1:00pm

Reminder: We've Become So, So Lame

Anyone who thinks that driving around a clown-sized tractor beats a bubble dome on a giant, bladed dust buster will be banned in the comments. [core77] » 5/14/10 11:40am 5/14/10 11:40am

The Lazy Cheapskate's Automated Lawnmower

If you've got a self-propelled lawnmower, a stake, and some rope then there's no reason to waste your day sweating in the yard. Just use a setup like this and your lawnmower will do all the work on autopilot. » 4/23/10 8:00pm 4/23/10 8:00pm

Lawnmower Scooter: Vroom Vroom Splutter Splutter

Small garden owners who can't be arsed pushing a conventional lawnmower around in neat lines, nor afford a proper ride-on mower, rejoice: designer Vicky Petihovski has created a (concept) mower just for you. » 3/18/10 5:58am 3/18/10 5:58am

The Solar Squirrel Is a Mean, Green Glowing Machine

It is among my few regrets in life that I don't have a front yard, only in that it limits me from unleashing an army of solar-powered squirrels on the neighborhood. » 4/17/09 10:40am 4/17/09 10:40am

Friendly R/C Lawnmower, Meet Vicious Tank

Living in an apartment, my lawn consists of about 60 feet of concrete, sporadically coated in vomit and pigeon poop. But I'd still like a $12,000 Evatech GOAT Robot 22T lawnmower all the same. » 3/16/09 4:20pm 3/16/09 4:20pm

iRobot Patent Filing Hints at Lawn Mowing Robot Update

The folks behind the Roomba robot vacuum appear to have another robotic helper up their sleeves. In this case, it's of the lawn mowing variety, but the final design is anything but final if the wide variety of shapes, configurations and features are any indication. A lawn-mowing Roomba-like robot... Lawmba? Loomba? … » 7/06/08 7:00pm 7/06/08 7:00pm

Add Some Laughs To Your Lawn With Little Green Men

Much as I think all lawn ornaments should be heaped into a pile and blown to kingdom come, I think I could spare a corner of my garden for these tiny chaps and their crashed spaceship. Disappointingly not made from exotic metals recovered from the Roswell crash site, they are instead made of weatherproof resin. The… » 2/26/08 5:52am 2/26/08 5:52am

Wired Cuts Through the Latest Electric Lawnmowers


In keeping with our "Laziness in Domestic Chores" theme, we bring you the electric lawnmower shootout. That way we can rid ourselves of all the annoyances of gas mowers once and for all, but still keep our yards in tip-top shape. » 6/15/07 4:19pm 6/15/07 4:19pm

Weed Burner: No, Not That Kind

Pulling and spraying weeds is so old fashion. Seriously, how are you going to get respect in your lawn if you have to excruciatingly hurt your back just to rid the lawn of weeds? I'm sure all of the other weeds are pointing and laughing at your pathetic attempts. The Weed Burner lets you smoke the weeds, legally. This… » 7/20/06 12:43pm 7/20/06 12:43pm