Imagine being able to pick fresh lemons, limes and oranges right from your patio! Read more »
Cutting overgrown grasses by more than an inch or two at a time can create unhealthy brown and bald spots in your lawn – or ev... Read more »
Kids are eager gardeners. They love to experiment with colorful flowers, have an adventurous sense of design, and getting dirt... Read more »
Our Shear Ease® Grass Shears include a patented mechanism that prevents the blades from jamming or sticking when you’re trimmin... Read more »
The first time you try our PowerGear® Hedge Shears, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear techno... Read more »
Our Easy-Pour Watering Can offers both capacity and control. The 2.6-gallon volume holds a generous amount of water that is eas... Read more »
Put your crafting skills to work and create a beautiful and unique fascinator that reflects your personal style. Read more »
“Painting” with tissue paper is not only fun but beautiful! Read more »
Mosaic tile frames are a beautiful way to display photos. Read more »
Designed for long, easy cuts down strips of Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that preve... Read more »
Add distinctive style to craft projects of all kinds with a Squeeze Punch that makes every embellishment up to 2X easier to pun... Read more »
Designed for tight, precise cuts through Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Detail Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that p... Read more »
A colorful, roomy bag is just the thing you need to carry all your belongings for a day at the beach. Read more »
Keep the kids busy on a road trip with their own art bag full of inspiration and the essentials. Read more »
This easy pillowcase dress looks adorable with pretty fabrics. Plus, it is super simple to put together, even if you have not... Read more »
Only our Stitcher Scissors provide precision and control that meet the needs of the most demanding sewers and quilters. Micro-T... Read more »
Our Seamstress Scissors are the perfect all-purpose scissors for anyone who cuts fabric frequently. The smooth action of these... Read more »
Choose our Dressmaker Shears for long, smooth cuts through multiple layers of medium to heavy fabrics. Extra-long blades maximi... Read more »
Looking for a sure cure for bored kids - make sparkly sea creatures! Read more »
Open-ended activities like this Busy Book can keep kids occupied in the back seat of a car AND spark fun family conversations! Read more »
It doesn’t take much to turn an everyday snack into something a little extra special. It is great to see how quickly you can a... Read more »
Our Preschool Training Scissors features a special training lever that opens the blades after each cut, helping children learn... Read more »
Children love our Designer Non-stick Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the colorful handle patterns that make cutting fun and the non... Read more »
Our Designer Non-stick Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those ol... Read more »
The beautiful mood lighting of lanterns at outdoor gatherings is fabulous, so why not craft up a set to use this summer. Read more »
Treat your children to their own special tent hideaway, then stand back and watch as the fun and adventures begin! Read more »
Make a thoughtful gift for someone this summer! Read more »
The StaySharp™ Max Reel Mower combines patent-pending technology with superior ergonomics to deliver best-in-class cutting perf... Read more »
Great for beginners, the unique design of this tool makes cutting perfect shapes from fabric a breeze — since you’re not managi... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
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.