For two years, I had a rusted old pair of short clippers that I “borrowed” from my dad’s tool shed. At first, they got the job done (albeit with some hacking and struggling), but after my brother and roommate “borrowed” them from me (I’m noticing a pattern here…) to attempt to cut away their bike chain after the key was lost, they had somehow lost some of their cutting ability. Recently, m mom has turned me onto this trifecta of garden grooming tools (maybe a hint at the unruliness of my hedges this winter? 😉 ). Here we go from left to right:
1. The large Fiskars edger. These are great for shaping hedges and trimming branches that aren’t too thick or tough. Great for quick trimming and rounding out my front garden hedges.
2. These are my favorites so far. They make cutting through thicker oak branches feel like slicing through soft butter. I only just started using these today, so not sure how they will hold up for the long run. But, so far, so good. The chicken coop no longer appears to be stuck in the oak tree, and it took a matter of minutes to clear the low-hanging branches.
3. These are probably the most convenient. They’re small enough to fit in your pocket and have a locking mechanism so you won’t tear your pants (or your leg!) open. The handle also rotates with your fingers with each scissoring motion, making them the ultimate in ergonomic gardening tools. I haven’t had a chance to use them much, but if you’re planning on spending quite a bit of time with small gardening shears in your hand, my guess so far is that these are the go-to ones to use since they prevent your hand from cramping.
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