Containers, raised beds and window boxes are often chosen for their easy maintenance reputation or for limited garden spaces. The real truth is that their usefulness comes with its own heavy issues sooner or later.
In our discussion of hand pruning tools, we've covered bypass pruners, anvil pruners and loppers. The last step on the scale of hand pruning tools is the pruning saw, which should be used for branches and limbs over 2” in diameter.
Loppers come in both bypass and anvil blades. They come with short “mini” handle lengths, traditional mid-lengths, long handles and telescoping handles. And they can come with gears or ratchets, and in “heavy duty” size. How do you sort all this out?
Of the two types of hand pruners (bypass vs. anvil), the anvil pruner is the lesser-seen variety. It is designed to cut best on tough or dead wood, with a straight blade that makes a slicing or chopping cut against a flat anvil.
Have you ever heard that a keenly sharp knife is also the safest knife? Our dull garden pruners probably won’t be slicing our hands, but a very sharp one will certainly lessen the effort it takes to make a pruning cut.
This week’s Tuesday Tool is the bypass hand pruner. Pruners are going to be in your hand for most of your gardening hours, so it’s definitely worth an in-person visit to the garden center to find one that is a true fit for your needs.
A floral shovel has a long wooden handle like your standard shovel, but the blade is smaller than a standard size. The lighter weight and smaller blade can be a real back saver for gardeners as it self-limits the load size that can be lifted.