Tools of the Garden Trade, part 1- Hand pruning to

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. choose the tool for the job ? Here are some tips for choosing the tool for your needs.

classic style of bypass pruner

anvil pruner

There are several criteria for choosing tools for any job, whether it is building a house, cutting down a tree, or pruning a rose bush. This blog concerns hand pruning tools, and there certainly are a lot to choose from. at it fits your hands i.e. that is comfortable to hold and neither too big or too small for the intended job. The second criterion is the right size tool for the job e.g. a medium hand clipper for pruning roses, a large hand clipper for pruning a hedge with hard wood, a small lopper for branches or stems more than 1/2 inch diameter, and a long-handled lopper for branches up to 1 -1/4 inch diameter. The third criterion for choosing a hand tool is the cost-to-use ratio. If you use a tool a few times per year, you can get away with a lighter weight, lower cost tool. Pruning or cutting plants every day or on a commercial scale requires the heavier duty, more expensive tools. Last, consider the material to be trimmed: if the tree has exceptionally hard wood, or the material to be trimmed has abrasive characters to it ( palm trunks, bamboo, etc). then consider a top-end tool.


Snap-On Industrial Brand BAHCO BAHCO 396-LAP 9 Inch Laplander Folding Saw
Home Improvement (Snap-On Industrial Brand BAHCO)
  • 9 inches long
  • 7 teeth per inch
  • For cutting both green and dry wood, plastic, or bone
  • Specially designed for wildlife enthusiasts, hunters, and campers
  • Equipped with safety lock

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Lifetime 8x10 Garden Storage Shed
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Do you have a Sears out there?

We have a shed to store our misc tools and such that we got at Sears. It's like a tall wardrobe size rubbermaid type of thing. Think a standing closet. It was $100. It has a loop on the door for a padlock.
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Lowdown on some tools for gardening  — Tribune-Review
It seems that disposable convenience has superseded sturdy construction, making well-made tools hard to come by. However, it is still possible to find quality gardening tools that will last for generations — if you know what to look for.

Bahco Bahco 7-Inch All Purpose Knife K-AP-1
Lawn & Patio (Bahco)
  • All purpose, professional grade knife with versatile applications, including pruning and cutting flowers, strings, papers and plastics
  • Features a straight blade
  • Made of durable stainless steel
  • Convenient flat folding design fits easily into pocket
  • Tool length: 7 inches
Snap-On Industrial Brand BAHCO BAHCO 51-30 30 Inch Peg Bow Saw Blades
Home Improvement (Snap-On Industrial Brand BAHCO)
  • 30 inches long
  • Designed to cut through dry wood and lumber
  • Rust prevention treated
  • Type of toothing is peg
  • Packed in individual sleeve
Snap-On Industrial Brand BAHCO BAHCO 331-21-51-KP 21 Inch Pointed Nose Bow Saw Equipped with Non Ergo Metal Handle
Home Improvement (Snap-On Industrial Brand BAHCO)
  • 21 inches long
  • Pointed nose
  • Small and handy bow saw for all around use
  • Pointed nose makes the saw ideal for use in tight spaces
  • Used for pruning and roofing work

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