Gardener’s Yard Stick

cane1Cait came across this on Etsy and it’s giving us stick envy.cane2

Woodworkers in Texas at Brazo’s Walking Stick make these sturdy beasts from ash or oak with a 36-inch ruler on the side — perfect for placing plants in the garden.

The handsome Yard Stick has a metal tip which doubles as a dibber, so not only is it a sturdy walking aid, it’s also a functional garden tool.

We fancy it would make walking around the backyard a more majestic experience and quite elevate tedious, but necessary, summer-long bug smashing.

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19 Responses

  1. Muffy Says:

    This stick looks awesome, sturdy, and like you could put an eye out with it. Also, that tip is reminiscent of a lawn dart, the beloved game of my childhood.

    I may need one of these!

  2. maggie, dammit Says:

    I’ve never seen anything like this before! Very cool.

  3. Katy Says:

    I love that idea! My grandfather uses a cane, but he’s never settled for anything ordinary. He sometimes finds driftwood from their house in Maine and whittles and carves it until it can be used as a walking stick.

    My brother also traveled around the world and has an amazing walking stick - from Fiji, I think? They would both love this.

    And as a new gardener, it sure would help me, too!

  4. Marty Says:

    In my mind’s eye, I see you tossing this like Xena: Warrior Princess!

  5. Yvonne Cunnington Says:

    Personally, I hope I don’t need to use one of these for awhile. ;-) Cheers/Y

  6. Sonya Says:

    Hey, that is a really neat idea! And those woodworkers just went into my Etsy faves. Great find!

  7. Cait Says:

    This is the walking/gardening stick of my dreams. I didn’t even know that I needed this gimpliment so much until I saw this with my own eyes. I know what I will see in my dreams tonight! Dag-blamit! My birthday is not til fall.

  8. Christina1973 Says:

    Wow, this is ideal for so many uses. For some reason, I am terrible at eye-balling measurements, so frequently am off base with how far apart I place my seeds/plants. In addition, I’ve thought that a good walking stick would be worth its weight in gold. I have a feeling that I would need two of them; one for me, and one for my husband. Plus, I like the idea of doing something in a “majestic” way.

  9. Ruth Says:

    I love the ideas on your site and pass them along to my professional friends who do counseling with the elderly and disabled. Very useful info. thanks!

  10. Leigh Ann Says:

    No way! That’s awesome. What a great idea. OK, I have to make sure I’m subscribed to your RSS feed now …

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  11. Linda Eskin Says:

    That’s awesome. Very handy, functional, and beautifully crafted. Classic.

    Funny… I used to sell fueling system equipment, and it looked at first glance very much like the 14′-long wooden “tank sticks” people would used to measure the depth of fuel inventory left in their underground tanks.

  12. Elizabeth Says:

    Why didn’t I think of that? I suspect this would prevent me from my perennial garden design problem — tall plants growing in front of short ones — while at the same time helping me keep my balance while I’m out there. I’m headed to Etsy. Thanks for pointing it out!

  13. Carol, May Dreams Gardens Says:

    That’s very clever. Now, if someone puts measurements on the handle of a hoe, then we’d really have something nice to take out to the garden.

    I might just mark up one of my hoe handles as a prototype!

  14. Tanis Woodland Says:

    Cool stick, you could us it to quickly check the height of certain objects.

  15. Stephen Says:

    What a great, old-world, multi-functional device! Give us more like this, please!

  16. Tina Says:

    I want one too!!

  17. Francine Says:


    This is what you REALLY want for your birthday!

  18. Electric Log Splitter Says:

    i’ve never seen anything like this before! Wow! What an invention. Im so impressed. keep up the good work!

  19. sam Says:


    This yard stick is really a useful tools with 2+1 function. Thanks for your review, this is first time I see the stick, maybe can recommend to someone I know.

    electric log splitter

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