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The creative arts of cooking, crafting and gardening require good tools. Gardening is a tough and dirty business, but it’s full of chores that energize a gardener’s soul. Certain tasks are also necessary for the garden to look its best. Without loppers, hatchets, pruners, shovels and spades, I would find it very difficult to maintain my garden’s beauty throughout the year.
I have always loved roses like ‘Zephirine Drouhin’ above, but some cultivars can be notoriously fussy. Roses aren’t called sovereigns of the garden without reason. Even easy-care shrub roses need pruning in early spring and deadheading throughout the growing season to achieve peak bloom. Spring is when I pull out my seventeen-inch, PowerGear® 2 Bypass Lopper. It’s just the right size to reach into the rose bush and remove dead canes preventing further disease and insect damage. Larger loppers are better for bigger cuts, but this little lopper does the trick on canes too big for the UltraBlade® PowerGear® Bypass Pruner.
Sometimes, roses can form a large area next to the bud union that needs removal. When they do, I reach for the Folding Pruning Saw which is better for gardeners with arthritis. The Softgrip® and PowerGear® tools make jobs easier for any gardener, and they make them possible for those with arthritis. For pruning jobs like dead tree limbs hanging over the shade garden, and possibly about to land on my head, I used the Power-Lever® Telescoping Tree Pruner for the first time this summer. It worked in those hard-to-reach places.
There are also times when a girl needs a hatchet, and I like the size and ease of the X7 Hatchet. So does my husband. He said it is well balanced and easy to use. He also appreciated the protective sheath that covers the blade when it’s not in use. Here, he limbed up Scrub Oak branches that tend to grow downward creating an impassable thicket around the chicken coop.
Other favorite tools include the HardShell® Kangaroo® Gardening Container because it has a hard, plastic bottom. This means I can drag it along my gravel paths without ruining it while I collect garden clippings for the Eco Bin™ Composter. This composter is lightweight and collapsible, along with good air flow from its mesh sides. Two composters sit at the side of the garden to catch every weed I toss over the fence. Within a few months, I have rich compost to put back into the garden. Just helping out with the circle of life, you know?
Having the right tools for the task makes the gardener’s job simpler. These are the ones I use most often to clean up the garden, and they are among the best tools I have hanging on my tool rack. They probably deserve better. Maybe, one day, I’ll build them a shed of their own.