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High Altitude Gardening in Colorado-The Tools You Need

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Gardening anywhere in the Rocky Mountains is not for the fainthearted. The ground is hard and rocky, the sun is intense, there is very little rain, but lots of snow and the local wildlife wants to eat whatever it is that you just planted! The challenges can be overwhelming to say the least.

This list of the best high altitude gardening tools promises to give your green thumb a hand. These tools will make creating and maintaining your mountain yard and gardens so much easier and satisfying. So read this article and get out there and get planting!


See Also: Best High Altitude Plants


Best Tools for High Altitude Gardening


Smart Sprinkler Controller Rachio Smart SprinklerController

The Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller is the perfect tool for high country gardeners. It’s all about watering at the right times in the mountains. This app lets you water your lawn and gardens right from your phone. If you are a fan of connected technology you will love this easy and convenient sprinkler controller.

  • Download the easy-to-use Rachio app to water your lawn remotely with your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
  • Use a connected home system or run zones directly from the controller itself.
  • Water on your own schedules or water depending on plant type and sun exposure. Start, skip or pause zones right form your phone.
  • Detects leaks and maximize watering precision and detect even low-flow leaks before they reach crisis mode.
  • The Rachio is smart and utilizes local weather stations to automatically adjust your irrigation schedule based on the latest local forecasts. So no watering in the rain even if your miles away from your home.
  • This controller saves TONS of water, so reduce your water bill by up to 50% while keeping your yard healthy.
  • EPA WaterSense certified – eligible for utility rebates of up to 100% off (check your local water provider).
  • Works with top smart-home platforms, including Amazon Alexa and Google Home
  • Install it yourself – easy and no special tools or expertise required.
  • Amazon’s highest-rated WiFi sprinkler controller.

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Cordless Electric Lawn Mower Greenworks Cordless Electric Lawn Mower

This cordless electric lawnmower is exactly what you need. Pushing any kind of mower at elevation is exhausting, this one is light quiet and so much better that a gas powered mower or and hard-to- push reel mower. You will love how much easier it is to mow with an electric mower and smart features makes this a mower that is a dream to use.

  • Durable steel deck allows you to handle large areas of grass quickly and easily
  • Brushless motor provides more torque, quiet operation, and longer life
  • 3-In-1 design allows you to mulch, rear bag, or side discharge your grass clippings.
  • Dual battery port design enables one battery to be stored in the mower while the other fuels it for uninterrupted cutting; saving you a trip to the charger.
  • USB port in battery charges all portable electronic devices, including phones and tablets.
  • 40V is best for yards up to ½ acre.
  • The universal 40-volt battery system powers more than 50+ products, that can all run off the same 40V battery.
  • So you can have multiples of the SAME battery insuring you’ll never run out of power.
  • Enjoy powerful performance, that works efficiently, quietly and with no emissions.
  • Quick push-button start is AWESOME
  • Lightweight means it’s easy to push uphill, the self-propelled version means you don’t even really have to push it.
  • Vertical storage means the mower folds up and can be hung on a hook to keep it out of the way
  • Available Push and Self Propelled
  • Available in 16, 20 and 21-inch sized decks
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Wall Mounted Tool Rack 8 hook steel tool rack

To keep your backyard and gardens looking your best you need tools, keep all your tools neatly organized and know where there at all times with this amazing wall mounted tool rack.

  • Organize all of outdoor tools including, shovels, push brooms, rakes, hoes, pails, weed whacker, chain saw, even your vertical lawn mower.
  • Ideal for holding your tools on the outside of your home, in your garage, workshop, basement or shed.
  • Holds up to 800 lbs (480KG).
  • Powder-coated steel hooks for durability and resists rusting, chipping and cracking.
  • Each hook is coated with rubber to prevent the tools from scratching.
  • Package include two (2) 24″ Steel Rail and 8 hooks.
  • Each hook can be easily moved on the rail horizontally to accommodating different size tools and maximize space.
  • Heavy duty mounting hardware

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Heavy Duty Garden Hose Flexilla Heavy Duty Lightweight Garden Hose

Winters can be tough in the mountains, cold temps and deep snow are hard on hoses. Don’t worry about freezing, brittle, stiff hoses anymore. Whether your watering horses or just forgot to put the hose away before the first snowfall, this hose stays flexible and kink-free year round. Perfect for Colorado gardeners.

  • This hose is made of a special polymer blend that allows for all-weather flexibility, even in subzero temperatures (-40° to 140°F), making it easy to use even in extreme conditions.
  • Heavy duty, abrasion resistant outer cover
  • Crush resistant anodized aircraft aluminum fittings means this hose is durable and long-lasting.
  • The special hybrid polymer has zero memory, meaning it will lay flat, resist kinks, and can coil easily, making them a breeze to put away, and your sprinkler will stay without twisting. You won’t need to fight your hose anymore.
  • Contains superior O-rings, for a leak-free connection.
  • Hybrid polymer is lead-free, making it drinking water safe.
  • Lightweight and easy to maneuver around flowers, trees, patio furniture and other obstacles.
  • Available in 3′,5′,25′,50′,75′, 100′ lengths
  • Garden Hose Temperature Rang is: -40 Degree to 150 Degree F Ambient
  • Distinctive Green color

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Sun Joe Corded Electric Tiller Sun Joe Electric Tiller & Cultivator

The Rocky Mountains are, well, really rocky, and It is no easy task to cultivate any kind of soil here. It is either hard, rocky, infused with thick clay or filled with thick weeds with really long roots. A good tiller will make this job so much easier and shorten the time to do it as well. Whether you’re tilling up your yard to get rid of crabgrass or looking to make your vegetable garden bigger, this tiller will be your best friend.

  • Powerful 12-amp motor cultivates up to 16 inches wide x 8 inches deep.
  • 6 durable steel angled tines slice through the soil at 340 RPM and will cultivate an area 16-in. wide and up to 8-in. deep in seconds
  • Collapsible handle folds for convenient storage and easy transport
  • Voltage:120
  • 3-position wheel adjustment.
  • Long 100 ft extension cord
  • Decibels:93 dB
  • Electric power is a greener, cleaner way to till the ground
  • Offers maximum aeration and perfectly prepares the seedbed.
  • Control weeds where needed
  • Easy Push Button Start – no gas
  • Rear wheels make it easy to maneuver.
  • Two-year warranty.

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Metal Giant Trellis Metal Giant Trellis

Wooden trellises begin to break down after two or three seasons. The staples used to hold them together rust away, the metal hangers begin to sag from holding up the ice and snow and they need to be re stained over and over to keep looking nice. Metal trellis are sturdier and need less care. They have metal legs that also go into the ground so are not dependent on just the hangars and your vine can grow happy and not be disturbed every other year for wood trellis maintenance.

  • This extra long 108 ” high trellis is perfect for really tall walls
  • This trellis has three wide panels that stack on top of each other with a curved top for a bold design
  • The diamond-shaped grid supports large vines, climbing plants or flowers
  • Features two 7.75 inch long legs that stake securely into the ground, and brackets to safely mount it to a wall.
  • The black powder coated finish protects the steel construction from rust and makes it very durable and long-lasting.
  • Trellis measures 108 Inch height x 30 Inch width x 2.5 Inch length
  • Available in single vertical panel style or triple vertical panel style to cover a really large area.

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Black & Decker Electric Weed Whacker Black + Decker Electric Weed Whacker

This cordless weed whacker makes it so easy to keep the edges of your lawn and the area around trees and buildings neat and tidy. Keeping the grass short keeps rodents away from new tender trees and prevents weeds from setting up shop on your lawn.

  • Portable battery makes weed whacking so easy without worrying about a cord or gas fumes.
  • 20-volt Lithium Ion battery offers a long run time and is long-lasting.
  • The PowerDrive Transmission delivers more power from the motor to the cutting string so you can get the job done in less time.
  • Automatic Feed Spool ensures continuous feed
  • 2-in-1 Tool – easily converts from trimmer to edger in seconds.
  • Cutting Swath is 12 Inch wide
  • Lightweight design with adjustable handle and height positions makes it great for anyone to use.
  • Can handle tough overgrowth and heavy weeds.
  • Quiet and easy to start

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Gardening Tool Set Gardening Tool Set

Perfect for any gardener, this set comes with everything you need to garden, right out of the box. Perfect for new gardeners, experienced gardeners, and makes a great gift for your favorite nature lover!

  • Complete kit filled with the right tools.
  • Highly durable rust-fighting aluminum tools.
  • Pruner has patented spring movements and treated steel blades.
  • High Density Foam Kneeling Pad protect knees and reduce knee pain in hips and knees so you can enjoy gardening more.
  • Comfortable Grips reduce hand cramps and prevents hand fatigue when pruning, trimming or weeding your garden.
  • Tools feel well-balanced in hand.
  • Patented spring mechanism and blade construction ensures that after months of use, your blades remain as sharp and effortless as day one.

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Sloggers Garden Clogs Sloogers Womens Garden Clog

These are the PERFECT gardening shoes, light but very comfortable and really durable. Easily slip on to move the hose but are also versatile enough for a hike in the back forty. They are very comfortable but also very protective.

  • Made from 100% recyclable medical grade material that will last for years.
  • Unlike thinner style garden clogs these shoes do not get punctured by sticks, rocks, thistles, rose thorns or any other hazards in the woods.
  • Open back, slip-in design
  • Supper comfort with lots of cush; includes the “all-day-comfort-insole.”
  • Sole thickness: 7mm heel/5mm ball
  • 100% waterproof
  • Easy to clean just rinse with a hose or clean them in the dishwasher
  • Available in Mens and Womens sizes and styles
  • Made in the USA

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Bobbex Deer Repellent Bobbex Deer Repellent Spray

OK, so no list of high country gardening tools would be complete without deer deterrent spray. In Colorado, like many places, there are just a ton of deer, and although we love to watch them, we don’t love to watch them browsing on our flowers. And although no deer repellent is foolproof this is one of the best.

  • Deer repellent is a spray made from all natural and recycled ingredients
  • Applied directly on the surface of foliage to repel deer
  • It is readily diluted in water
  • Environmentally compatible and harmless to all wildlife including humans, pets, birds and aquatic life.
  • Ready-to-use reusable pump sprayer can be refilled.
  • Bobbex boasts an impressive Protective Index score of 93%, only a physical fence barrier works better.
  • This Deer Repellent is effective but it is stinky, it needs about 24-hours for the smell to go away so DO NOT spray right before a dinner party or when you want to enjoy the outdoors around the sprayed area.
  • Made of a blend of ingredients that includes active proteins, Meat Meal, Fish Meal and Fish Oil to create a multi-redundancy bad “smell and taste” so the deer don’t want to eat it and will move on.

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13 Comments

  • Nazmun Nahar

    Thanks a lot for sharing with us this excellent article about high altitude gardening tools idea. Recently we moved to our new house here in Britain. We struggling to find proper gardening tools which I can’t explain. But after reading this article I think I found everything we need in one place and I love that I can just click on the button and “Buy Now”.  thanks for making life so much easier. I just showed the article to my husband and we are choosing which tools we gonna buy and place an order now. Thanks again.

    • ThinkVail

      Thanks so much for your kind comments about this post for the tools you need for high altitude gardening in Colorado and I am so happy it could help you with your gardening needs across the pond in Britain! We are hear to help, let me know ow the tools work out for you, I hope you love them as much as I do!

  • RoDarrick

    Great gardening tools you have shared and I must say, for a gardener like me, I found this very interesting and helpful too. The one that got my attention the most is the app, smart sprinkler controller. The ease, freedom, convenience that this would bring to me would be immense and I kind of like the fact that it could be controlled from some miles away. Great post. Thanks

  • Henderson

    I am currently at a family house that I just started caretaking for in the Georgian mountains and they really need some equipment here to care for their property. So I’m here, on this site, looking for proper tools for them.  I like the cordless, electric mower, that’s really awesome but I am disappointed that it doesn’t have a clippings catcher. The hanging tools and the automatic sprinkler are both “a must buy”. Thanks for sharing this helpful info about the best gardening tools.

    • ThinkVail

      Hi Henderson, so happy that this post about high altitude gardening tools came in handy for you.  I know how frustrating it can be to try and maintain a big property without good tools. The Greenworks cordless electric mower can make easy work of small to midsize lawns.  The mower DOES have a clipping catcher if you want to bag your clipped grass or use the mulcher if you just want to let it the the clippings help fertilize your lawn, which is what I prefer to do.

      The hanging gardening tool organizer will keep all your gardening tools organized and you will always know where they are, I hate it when I have to spend a half an hour just looking for the tool that I need before I even begin to do the chore at hand. 

      And lastly, the automatic smart sprinkler controllermakes short work of the never ending, watering chore.  I love that you can control it remotely so you can even water while your at work thus freeing up your weekends to have moore fun!

  • Aabidah Ahmed

    Awesome article to help all of us high altitude gardeners. I live in Colorado Springs and although growing plants is easier here then it is up in Vail, Colorado, our flowers thrive only to get eaten by all the deer.  It is so frustrating.  We love to look at the deer and watch them with their fawns and brose out in the meadow.  But every night they come in and wreak havoc on the gardens.  I am soooo interested in Bobbex deer repellent spray.  I am going to give it a try and see if it will help keep them away.

    • ThinkVail

      Hi Aabidah, I am so happy you enjoyed this article about the tools you need for high altitude gardening in Colorado.  Yes, I feel for you, we have the same issue and I hope the Bobbex deer repellent spray helps. It does smell awful, but hopefully it will keep your flowers safe.  It usually works really well fo me till the end of the summer once food becomes scarcer, it’s hard to keep them off tasty flowers no matter what.  You may want to check out the article The 10 Best High Altitude Plants for Colorado.  All of the plants in the post are very deer resistant and easy growers, so you may want to change out some of your more tasty plants with plants that don’t taste as good to the deer.  Hopefully, if nothing else maybe they will go to your neighbors gardens instead – LOL!  

  • Willy

    I owe you a big thank you for giving this really  helpful and remarkable review about the tools you need for high altitude gardening. My Mom lives in Colorado and LOVES gardening, I live in New York City and know nothing about gardening.  I want to get her a gift for her birthday that she will love and I think you hit the nail on the head with the Gardening Tool Set which looks like it has my Mom’s name all over it! particularly love the foam kneeling pad as lately she has been complaining that her knees are bothering her (which will happen when you are 72).  I am also inclined to get the tool rack for her, as currently her tools are all over the place.  I think she would love it if her rake, weed wacker, shovels, diggers and hose were all in one place.  Thanks so much for the perfect gift ideas.

    • ThinkVail

      Hi Willy, what a lovely son you are!  I think your Mom will love both of those items.  The kneeling pad in Gardening Tool Set is awesome for sore knees but the pruner has spring movement to make squeezing easier and comfortable grips to reduce hand cramps and hand fatigue.  The Garage Wall Tool Organizer is also going to be a big hit. I think she will appreciate so much, that you are helping her to keep doing the hobby that she loves. Thanks for reading.

  • water life

    I’m glad I found such a useful article about high altitude gardening. I live in Mexico City which sits at 7,000 ft, so although we are not as high as Denver, we are definitely up there in elevation.  I agree with you that there are many challenges to high altitude gardening, and I love the tools you have recommended to make it easier.  The Smart Sprinkler Controller is awesome.  One of the hardest things to do up at altitude is to keep your plants properly watered, especially newly planted flowers, they always need additional moisture.  I love that this one works remotely so I can water even when I am at work. This is definitely a keeper.  I am also in love with the electric, cordless lawnmower because I am so sick of pulling the stringy-thing to get my gas mower going and then of course there is the noise and the smell of petrol.  The electric mower seems so wonderful in comparison.  Thank you so much for sharing all of these great suggestions.

    • ThinkVail

      I am so happy you enjoyed the article about high altitude gardening and found some items that can help you in Mexico City.  Yes both of those items are fantastic.  Watering at elevation can be such a chore and if your area has drought times like we do in Colorado, then it gets even more confusing.  The Smart Sprinkler Controller makes it so much easier and convenient to water.    Yes, I am in love with my electric, cordless mower for all the reasons you stated but also because it is so light and easy to push.  trust me once you try this Greenworks lawn mower you will wonder how you went so long without it! Thanks for reading!

  • Dane

    Cool article about High Altitude Gardening, I love that you featured the best shoe in the world-SLOGGERS gardening clogs.  These shoes are fabulous! So comfortable, easy to put on and kick off, super easy to clean.  They are my favorite gardening tool whether you are gardening at altitude or not.

    • ThinkVail

      Hi Dane so happy to hear that you enjoyed this article about High Altitude Gardening in Colorado.  You are right, many of these tools can be used for any type of gardening but they just make the challenge of high altitude gardening a little bit easier.  

      Like you I also love Sloggers gardening clogsand have been wearing them forever, they last for years and years.  We have a lot of weeds with burrs or prickers that either get stuck on other shoes (especially the laces) with these I can just walk wherever and not spend hours removing burrs or other weed hitchhikers after a stroll around the property. Thanks for reading!

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