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What a 2nd Grader Can Teach Us About Sustainable Gardening

Just before the school year ended, my daughter received a fun project from her 2nd Grade teacher.  The assignment was aimed at teaching kids about recycling and how they can be stewards of the environment.  Each student was asked to build a robot made of recycled materials and write a story about their “recyclobot”.Corona Tools Growbot

Meet Tom the Grobot

We stated putting aside all of our bottles, cans and anything else that could have been used to make a recyclobot.  Once we had plenty of items to choose from, I helped my daughter put some of the items together as outlined in the assignment.  It was at that point, my daughter’s 8 year old imagination kicked into overdrive.  She decided she wanted her recyclobot to be a “grobot”.  Okay to be fair, she had just watched the movie Wall-e, but she decided she wanted her recyclobot to be able to grow something inside of it and further challenge her dad! But I liked that she was giving 200% to her assignment so I went with it.

She developed and wrote her story about Tom the Grobot, and I helped put him together.  I thought why not push the envelope and teach her a little bit about sustainability in the garden while I was at it? I thought I would utilize some of the knowledge I impart from our weekly #landscapechat and introduce her to the concept of collecting rain water and proper irrigation techniques.  Tom was not only made of 95% recycled materials (the other 5% were some HotWheels borrowed from my son) but he was designed to harvest rain water and to water the tomato plants he was nurturing.

Corona Tools Growbot Story 2Corona Tools Growbot Story1

The Grobot Story

My daughter came up with an amazing story about Tom the Grobot and Doug the Dumpster.  And when she presented it to her class, both her story and Tom got the biggest round of applause from the classroom.  What impressed me the most was at 8 years old she understands the importance of; recycling, its impact to our landfills, a broad concept of sustainability and turning trash into something that gives back fresh grown food.

I loved what she came up with so much that I decided it would make a great blog post and awesome project to work on with kids this summer.  So start saving those bottles and cans share your creativity with us on Corona Tools Facebook!

7 Great Garden Tools Dad Will Love


For the dads who have everything to the dads that need of everything, we've put together a list of some great Corona tools that any dad who's into gardening, landscaping or the great outdoors would love !  Having the right tool for the job is the key to success and here are a few Corona favorites that are sure to be a hit!

Corona RazorTooth SawFolding RazorTooth Saw (RS 7245)
- Compact and lightweight construction, this folding saw is super sharp to make cutting larger limbs and branches easy.  Great for seasonal pruning or out on the hiking trails and has a replaceable blade to last him season after season.  National Home Gardening Club's members tested it and gave it one of their highest recommended ratings.  Available on for under $26.

Corona Folding QuickSaw QS 7800Folding QuickSaw (QS 7800) - The name says it all...this folding saw is the one professionals rely on that cuts 20% faster than other saws in its class.  Its patent-pending tooth pattern helps keep the cut channel free of sawdust, resulting in a faster cut.  It's the ideal choice for the Dad who wants to power through his outdoor tasks and get on with his day.  Available on for under $40.

Corona Dual Cut LopperDual Cut Loppers (SL 7180) - Give Dad a little help in the yard this season with the forged steel Dual Cut Lopper.  Its patented blade and hook design will have him cutting through branches up to 2 inches thick with with the greatest of ease.  What's the secret?  The notched hook helps hold the branch in place while the angled blade bites down and pushes it back towards the pivot point.  That's the point where you get maximum cutting power and makes Dad feel like a superhero in his yard.  Available on for under $60.
Corona Dual Cut Hedge ShearsDual Cut Hedge Shear (HS 7140) - Does Dad have an unruly shrub that's always out of control or those perfectly manicured boxwood hedges or topiaries?  Then a good pair of hedge shears is just what he needs to keep them looking great all season long.  Environmentally friendly, these forged shears are insanely sharp to give him those nice clean lines, with contoured grips and cushioned bumpers for added comfort, he may just keep working all day long!  Available on for under $60.

Corona irrigation prunerLandscape & Irrigation Bypass Pruners (BP 3670) - Many dads take pride in doing all the work in their yards. From pruning bushes to maintaining sprinklers, here's one tool that will help save him trips back to the tool shed.  This pruner with its forged steel construction and ergonomic handles are great for cutting branches up to 1 inch in diameter.  And the unique built in screwdriver tip at the end of the hook lets him adjust the sprinklers all with the same tool. The available replacement blade and service parts means he'll be using this one season after season!  Available on for under $35.   

Corona Tool SharpenerCorona Sharpener (AC 8300) - It may be small in stature but it can be one of Dad's biggest helpers in the garden and landscape.  This little carbide file is great for keeping pruning tool blades sharp for maximum cutting performance.  It also works wonders on tools like shovels and hoes to help penetrate the soil more easily.  And an extra file for the kitchen helps keep knives and scissors sharp too!  Available on for $10.

Corona Tools App QR codeCorona App - Want a great idea for Dad to use when he's not out in the yard?  Why not check out the Corona Tools Garden App for iPhones, iPads, iTouch and Android devices?  It's loaded with seasonal tips, tool info, how-tos and instructional videos he can install for 24/7 access.  It's like having a professional gardener and landscape maintenance contractor right at his finger tips.  Scan this code with your device now and get the Corona Tools Garden App for just $0.99 in iTunes and Android Market!

Those are few of our favorite Corona tools but there are so many more to choose from!  What's your favorite?  Don't forget to enter this week's Father's Day giveaway going on now!

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