|

Lawn and Garden Guide

Products and projects that make the most of outdoor spaces

Published: May 2015

America’s love for lawns is alive and well, but more of us are letting other features into the yard. In a nationally representative Consumer Reports survey, almost a third of homeowners who made changes to their lawn in the last year reduced its size in some way, for example, replacing grass with patio space, ground cover, flower beds, or even artificial turf. We spoke with lawn and garden pros from around the country, plus major retailers and manufacturers, to learn exactly how residential landscapes are being reimagined.

   

Find Ratings blob logo

Lawn mowers Ratings

View and compare all Lawn mowers ratings.

String trimmers Ratings

View and compare all String trimmers ratings.

Leaf blowers Ratings

View and compare all Leaf blowers ratings.

Paints Ratings

View and compare all Paints ratings.

Gas grills Ratings

View and compare all Gas grills ratings.

Chain saws Ratings

View and compare all Chain saws ratings.

E-mail Newsletters

FREE e-mail Newsletters! Choose from cars, safety, health, and more!
Already signed-up?
Manage your newsletters here too.

Latest From Consumer Reports

Laundry & cleaning
WASHER REVIEWS
Best washing machines that cost $800 or lessVideo These workhorses of the laundry room won't break your budget.
SMARTPHONE REVIEWS
Hidden helpers in your phone are at your fingertips Smartphone functionality has zoomed way beyond driving directions.
Model S P85D
ELECTRIC & HYBRID CAR REVIEWS
Tesla Model S P85D breaks our Ratings systemVideo This brutally quick luxury electric car earned a perfect road-test score.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG GUIDE
Why you shouldn't buy drugs from sites outside of the U.S. There are safer ways to save on your prescription drug costs.
cr032k12-Ground_Beef
FOOD SAFETY GUIDE
Special report: How safe is your ground beef?Video Recalls of bacteria-tainted ground beef are all too frequent.
Consumer Reports
ABOUT CONSUMER REPORTS
Interested in joining the Consumer Reports Board? Get details on applying for service on our board of directors.

Connect

and safety with
subscribers and fans

Follow us on:

Mobile

Mobile Get Ratings on the go and compare
while you shop

Learn more