31 Days of Idea House Giveaways: Day 7, DeWit Forged Transplant Trowel Extreme

August 7, 2015 | By and | Comments (41)

Love the 2015 Southern Living Idea House? Every day in August, we are giving away the items you need to make the look your own.  Check back daily to see the product and enter to win!

Courtesy of The Market at Grelen

Courtesy of The Market at Grelen

The narrow blade of the DeWit Forged Transplant Trowel Extreme ($19.99) courtesy of The Market at Grelen is sure to make working in tight spots of your garden quick and easy.

How to Enter: What is the peskiest thing you’ve encountered in your garden? Comment your answer below, and we’ll pick our favorite.

The contest begins today at 12:01 a.m. CST and ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. CST. Official rules here.


  1. Jill

    My husband and his spray bottles of grass and weed killer. I can almost hear the plants crying for help 🙂

    August 9, 2015 at 4:12 am
  2. Jessica Jack Wyrick

    My spouse and I recently moved from Brooklyn, NY to College Park, Georgia, into a cottage affectionately known as “The Hobbit House”. This 1920s cedar shingle beauty only has one downfall: ENGLISH IVY. The previous owners described the yard as “a secret garden, elegantly overgrown and quaintly natural”. What they MEANT was that I would become best friends with the gents at John Deere in my pursuit of ivy eradication. It’s taken several weeks to conquer, but trucks bearing mulch, Japanese maples, and LOTS of drought-tolerant perennials and ground cover arrive next week to create a REAL Secret Garden…and I would adore this heirloom spade to lovingly live in my garden mailbox, beside my gloves and other hand-me-down wooden and steel tools.

    August 8, 2015 at 12:24 pm
  3. Jackie Jenkins

    SNAKES and Japanese Beatles

    August 8, 2015 at 10:11 am
  4. Sheila W.

    It is definitely the juglone from our black walnut trees that thwarts me (and my plants) at every turn!

    August 7, 2015 at 10:16 pm
  5. Donna White

    Toss up between deer and nut sedge. Right now nut sedge is edging out deer. On my knees digging in the heat makes nut sedge a clear winner as the worst pest (unless the deer jump my 6′ fence).

    August 7, 2015 at 9:18 pm
  6. Rebecca Hassen

    Deer! In particular, the baby deer. They are so cute that it’s hard to be mad at them but they can eat their body weight in hostas!

    August 7, 2015 at 8:57 pm
  7. Crystal37


    August 7, 2015 at 8:38 pm
  8. susitravl

    A baby skunk. Ewww!

    August 7, 2015 at 8:21 pm
  9. Amanda Fleming

    Honeysuckle growing in our hedges is the worst!

    August 7, 2015 at 8:20 pm
  10. MonVoyage60

    Ground squirrels!! They’ve taken out 8 hostas, 4 azaleas, and my dogwood. 😦

    August 7, 2015 at 7:33 pm
  11. Sharon K

    Ground squirrels – took out over 8 hostas, 4 azaleas, and a dogwood. 😦

    August 7, 2015 at 7:31 pm
  12. Andrew

    We broke ground on a garden that did not come to fruition this year. The peskiest thing was the grass, which came back with a passion not log after breaking ground.

    August 7, 2015 at 6:47 pm
  13. Nila H.

    My cats. I have 6 outside cats and they like to be right where the action is….of course freshly turned dirt is automatically a fascination for them.

    August 7, 2015 at 4:59 pm
  14. Megan

    My husband! 🙂

    August 7, 2015 at 4:36 pm
  15. Pam Compton

    Bermuda grass!!!!!!

    August 7, 2015 at 3:57 pm
  16. Wendy Arsenault

    We have been battling horsehair bamboo for years. It’s a mission impossible. A never ending battle! The minute you turn your back to go on vacation or have an emergency, they pop up again somewhere and then take over.

    August 7, 2015 at 3:57 pm
  17. Christine

    This is my first year in SC and gardening is entirely different from NYS. I am not used to slugs in such quantity and the hot hot sun!

    August 7, 2015 at 3:43 pm
  18. Nancy L

    Oh my goodness, the peskiest thing I have encountered in my garden happened this spring! I had an invasion of moles and they ate the roots of just about everything. I had planted geraniums and went out about 2 weeks after I planted them ( just as they were getting rooted) and they were laying over on the ground with roots eaten. I had also planted a few tomato plants and the moles pulled them into the ground ( I felt like I was living in a cartoon). They also ate one of my most established knock out rose roots. They seem to have left now, and they are not invited to return any time soon.

    August 7, 2015 at 3:38 pm
  19. Lynn

    The peskiest thing I’ve found in my garden is a long snake skin. While I think the skin belongs to a nonpoisonous corn snake, my plants are on their own.

    August 7, 2015 at 2:46 pm
  20. LaLa

    Here, in our part of Maryland, we had so much rain during the early spring it caused yellowing and even mold. It was the most difficult start to our gardens we have had in a very long time.

    August 7, 2015 at 2:43 pm
  21. Lynn

    A long snakeskin is the peskiest thing I’ve encountered. While I think the skin is probably belongs to a corn snake, my plants are on their own.

    August 7, 2015 at 2:41 pm
  22. Jarrod Sargent

    This question is easy: Two things: Japanese Beetles and myself. Why? Well the beetles love to eat our basil and green beans and other plants. I mean come on! We labor to take care of these plants and they just come in and munch down on them without even as much as a thank you. Myself, well what can I say. Sometimes I just don’t want to go work in the garden during my kid free times (kids sleeping). Weeding isn’t fun, but man if you slack on it, the weeds will come and get you.

    August 7, 2015 at 2:28 pm
  23. Katherine Kettig

    Kudzu !!! Never ending battle!!

    August 7, 2015 at 2:16 pm
  24. Albert Fatla

    Fire ants they bite

    August 7, 2015 at 2:01 pm
  25. Becky J

    When we bought our house an area in the back was left “natural” under the trees. What the previous owners really meant was a tangle of weeds and vines that had never been touched except for stuff dumped out there. It took two years, tons of work, and several truckloads of mulch to tame this area into a peaceful woodland setting instead of a jungle. I’m thinking it could use some raised beds, so a new transplant trowel would be put to good use.

    August 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm
  26. Jean Kelly

    Hornworms decimated our garden and they were just gross!

    August 7, 2015 at 1:50 pm
  27. Laura G.

    My neighbor.

    August 7, 2015 at 12:23 pm
  28. Julie L

    Katrina was the worst thing that happened to our garden, but the flowers and trees have since been replanted and now after 10 years one would never know the difference! NOLA > Hurricane!

    August 7, 2015 at 12:07 pm
  29. Linda Haley

    We try to live in relative peace with the numerous deer and rabbits that find our garden tasty, but I draw the line at Japanese beetles. They are the Taliban of the garden and will decimate the roses, weeping cherries, crape myrtle and dahlias overnight if not stopped.

    August 7, 2015 at 11:31 am
  30. Barbara Marta

    I Reside In An Urban Area. Between A Cemetery And 1800’s Established Park. The Oddest Not A Genuine Pest, Was A Brown Toad . I Found Him On A Sunday Sunless Afternoon. The Pest Is Universal , Weeds

    August 7, 2015 at 11:01 am
  31. Betsy Lee

    My most irritating issue is gravel… The landscaper put several inches of topsoil directly on top of the gravel that was left all over the yard from the foundation pour. We did not know this until much later when we began adding our own touches to the landscaping. Now we dig out an area to plant something, remove all the gravel, and replace it with good soil. In about 10 years, we should have this done…

    August 7, 2015 at 10:39 am
  32. gmcl

    At the moment the compacting soil around one hydrangea! A sharp-shooter shovel isn’t penetrating the soil deeply enough for me to dig this out and condition, add new soil around it!

    August 7, 2015 at 10:25 am
  33. Kim Foster

    Any time we have heavy rain, my neighbor’s koi pond floods and all our mulch/topsoil slides downhill into our grass. We really need to transplant (with this awesome tool) some plants that will stop the slide!

    August 7, 2015 at 10:19 am
  34. Kelly E.

    SCALES! The ruined my gardenia plant. I contacted Grumpy, but it must have been too late. I’m still glad I now know what they’re called and how to remedy them in future. Another pest in the garden just may be myself. Haha. I just realized I either over- or under-watered my hydrangea, and bless the poor thing, it’s dead as a door nail, which is sad as it was really beautiful when I bought it!

    August 7, 2015 at 10:15 am
  35. Kathleen

    Nut sedge & water moccasins. Seriously.

    August 7, 2015 at 10:12 am
  36. Kathy Blackmon

    The worst is those grass like weeds that have those little stickers! They have probably been around since the beginning of time, and could survive the apocalypse. No one is safe and if you step on them you will have to walk, hop, skip, to the nearest step to carefully and cautiously remove those painful thorns. In my younger days I have vivid memories of walking on my toes forever because the thought of pulling out that sticker was far worse that keeping it in!! Yep, summer and bare feet!

    August 7, 2015 at 10:11 am
  37. Sandra Dee

    Conclusion to last post:

    August 7, 2015 at 10:10 am
  38. Sandra Dee

    The PESKIEST thing that has ever happened would be the mice and/or Norway rats (my sister came to this conclusion after some hardcore research).

    August 7, 2015 at 10:08 am
  39. Sandra Dee

    The WORST thing that has ever happened to my garden, would probably be when the man who was pressure washing our house, soaked all the plants in bleach.

    August 7, 2015 at 10:06 am
  40. Isabel

    Voles are the biggest pest for me. They are like little subversive devils.

    August 7, 2015 at 9:51 am
  41. Mona Thompson

    Fire ants…

    August 7, 2015 at 9:29 am

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