Garden Surge is a list of the best gear and gadgets for people who want to save the time and stress of figuring out what to buy. Whatever sort of thing you need for gardening we make shopping for it easy by telling you the best one to get. This site was founded in November 2020.
Our recommendations are made through vigorous reporting, interviewing, and testing. Consider us a best-of-list for everyday things; a curated gallery filled with only interesting, useful objects; a thank-you note to the designers and engineers who create the stuff that makes our lives better; a geeky friend with next-level research skills who test everything they buy so you don’t have to. The point is to make buying great gear quickly easier so you can get on with living your life.
We pride ourselves on following rigorous journalistic standards and ethics, and we maintain editorial independence.
We focus on only the best things
We look for what we think is best for most people. We don’t look for the most feature-packed piece of equipment. We pick the things that will fit best into the lives of everyday people who are shopping for it – and that’s what takes work.
The choices we’ve made here with our team took weeks or months of research and years of experience with a wide variety of gear. In addition to our own expertise, we include interviews and data from the best editorial sources around. We also employ the help of engineers, scientists, and other subject-matter experts. And we pore over customer reviews models that are overpriced and loaded with junk features; we aim to recommend items that are of high enough quality to warrant the price, but not items that cost more for extra features you’ll rarely use.
That’s the same equipment we’d recommend to our friends and family or choose for ourselves.
Do your affiliate commissions make you biased?
If readers choose to buy the products we recommend as a result of our research, analysis, interviews, and testing, our work is often (but not always) supported through an affiliate commission from the retailer when they make a purchase. If readers return their purchases because they’re dissatisfied or the recommendation is bad, we make nothing. There’s no incentive for us to pick inferior products or respond to pressure from manufacturers – in fact, it’s quite the opposite. We think that’s a pretty fair system that keeps us committed to serving our readers first.
The most important thing to us is the trust we have from readers. If we were to recommend something because we are biased or lazy, readers like you wouldn’t support our work. We also invite you to fact-check our pieces, which carefully outline the time, logic, and energy spent researching, interviewing experts, and testing the gear. Often, this takes dozens – sometimes even hundreds – of hours. Each guide plainly lays out all the evidence for why we made our picks so you can judge for yourself.