Cutting-edge tech ensures the grass is always greener -- and better manicured -- on your side of the fence.
The temperature is rising, but your blood pressure needn't: The latest crop of lawn and garden tools is more convenient, efficient and versatile than ever -- in short, they're designed to make your springtime chores a bit less, well, chore-like. Ergonomics are getting better, with more emphasis on even weight distribution, vibration damping and comfortable grips. Even engines continue to improve: New 2-stroke designs burn cleaner yet weigh less and deliver more power than their 2- and 4-stroke predecessors. Here are our picks for the best spring tools of 2003.