Tools of the Garden Trade, part 1- Hand pruning tools
After gardening for more than 30 years, I've seen a LOT of garden tools, and used more of them than I really needed to. As with so many venues in life, skills and good planning are more important than the tools, but I will concede that good and correct tools are still important. I have witnessed many gardeners attempt to prune a tree with a hand clippers, only to acquire a broken clipper, badly cut tree, and sore hands. I've also seen people use a chainsaw or string trimmer to trim a hedge, a lawn mower to trim annuals, a machete to to divide Crinum lilies, and on and on. The old sage advice of "the right tool for the job" is still true. As with many tools, there is a huge variety of garden and landscape tools to choose from. Each vendor states they have the "best" tool for every job, and sound, objective advice is getting harder and harder to come by. So how does a gardener choose the tool for the job ? Here are some tips for choosing the tool for your needs.
|classic style of bypass pruner|
|loppers come in a wide range of lengths|
a size to fit your needs
good for high-leverage, close-quarter jobs