WOLF-Garten® Interlocken® Pole Pruning System: Product Review


The WOLF-Garten® Interlocken® pruning pole system is a combination of high-quality parts that fit seamlessly together, including a telescoping pole, pruning saw, and bypass lopper head. The saw and lopper can be individually snapped into place with the press of a button, letting you choose the right tool for the job without needing multiple poles (because who has space for that?!). Each cutting tool makes nice, clean cuts and the extendable pole is lightweight yet Continue Reading


Fiskars POWER TOOTH® Softgrip® Folding Saw (7″): Product Review


This folding saw has a unique undercut capability (basically, the blade “bends backward” at the handle) that makes it easier to use for those who are not comfortable with flipping a saw over to make the undercut. The push button design of the blade lock works extremely well for a right-handed person but it’s not easy for a lefty to use. It features a sharp POWER TOOTH® saw blade that makes good clean cuts and Continue Reading


Troy-Bilt Premium Folding Hand Saw (RE-K): Product Review


The Troy-Bilt Premium Folding Hand Saw makes very clean and fast cuts – some of the best that I’ve tested. However, the cutting teeth don’t extend the full length of the blade so the saw constantly gets hung up near the handle (unless you’re very careful to make shorter sawing motions which, realistically, isn’t going to happen). I also don’t like having to use an Allen wrench to adjust blade tension (rather than a standard Continue Reading


Corona Branch & Stem Bypass Pruner (BP 4180): Product Review


The Corona Branch & Stem bypass pruner is lightweight, durable, has nice tight tolerances and good fit and finish. The ergonomic handle design makes the tool comfortable to hold and the angled cutting head is terrific for getting into tight spots. The cutting blade is razor sharp and cleaves its way through extremely hard wood with ease, although the bumper could use some improvement. Plus, Corona offers replacement parts for everything except the handles. Put Continue Reading


A.M. Leonard Ergonomic Bypass Pruner (#1234): Product Review


If you’re in the market for a quality bypass hand pruner at a competitive price, then the A.M. Leonard Ergonomic Bypass Pruner (model #1234) is a definite contender. You’re not going to get the highest quality or features of the most expensive competitors, but what you will get is a pruner that if taken care of properly will likely last a lifetime. It makes excellent pruning cuts, is very comfortable to hold, and reaches into Continue Reading


Gardener’s Supply Folding Hand Saw: Product Review


If you’re looking for a great folding pruning saw, this is a definite contender. With its long-lasting, impulse hardened teeth and ability to cut in both directions, it makes quick work of cutting through even the hardest wood. The sticky rubberized handle gives you excellent grip, the locking mechanism works flawlessly, and the large adjustment screw makes it easy to adjust the handle/blade tension. Plus, it still fits securely into a hip pocket. What more Continue Reading


ARS Pocket Saw (SA-210DX): Product Review


Of all the saws I’ve reviewed, this is one of my favorites. I particularly like its shorter length, which makes it easy to slip into a pocket or backpack. Everything works exactly as it should and performs at the highest level, including the comfortable, non-slip handle design, the marquench hardened blade, swing lock blade locking mechanism, adjustable tension and aggressive cutting capability. If you do a lot of pruning, want a small compact saw and Continue Reading


Gardening with Emma: Grow and Have Fun: A Kid-to-Kid Guide by Emma Biggs: Book Review


12-year old author Emma Biggs intended this book to be a “Kid-to-Kid Guide,” featuring fun photography, appealing illustrations and no-nonsense advice. But whether you are young or old, new to gardening or very experienced, you will learn from and enjoy the gardening journey Emma has created. She does an excellent job reminding all of us why we garden – for the fun of it. But perhaps the biggest gift Emma gives with this book is Continue Reading


Fiskars Chain Drive Extendable Pole Saw & Pruner: Review


This lightweight, extendable pruning tool easily and cleanly cuts through 1 ¼ inch branches with the bypass pruner head and 8 inches with the saw. It extends from 8 to 16 feet and locks securely in place at either extreme or anywhere in-between. The chain-drive and pulley system operates the pruner smoothly, without any tangling or twisting, and the rigidity of the pole means no bouncing when using the saw. This is a quality tool Continue Reading


Best Sharpeners for Gardening & Landscape Tools: Guide & Recommendations


With so many different types and brands of sharpening tools available today, how do you know which is the best option for sharpening your gardening and landscape tools? Here's the straight scoop on everything you need to know to choose the best tools - including metal files, whetstones, carbide sharpeners, paddle files, tapered rods, ceramic stones, electric sharpeners and more. Continue Reading


Perfect 10 Gloves with Nailguard Technology: Product Review


Chipped nail polish, cracked fingernail tips, and dirt under the nails are a thing of the past if you're wearing the Perfect 10 gardening gloves with Nailguard Technology - they were developed specifically to protect a woman's fingernails while gardening. Overall, I really do like these gloves. They're very comfortable, flexible and yes, they protect my fingernails. I wear them for many gardening tasks and consider them to be a very good all-around gardening glove. However, I found Continue Reading


Corona DualLINK™ Extendable Tree Saw & Pruner: Product Review


The lightweight Corona DualLINK Extendable Tree Saw & Pruner has some benefits, such as the DuraLINK 3X compound action which makes pruning 1” branches much easier and the terrific Razor TOOTH Saw® which cut through hard wood with ease. However, the pruner head needs 6 inches of clearance to make a clean cut (something you often don’t have when pruning overgrown trees), the fully extended pole is too springy so it makes the saw blade Continue Reading


ARS Folding Hand Saws (SA-G18HL and SA-G18L): Product Review


This folding hand saw from ARS comes with two blade options – marquench hardened (SA-G18L) or impulse hardened (SA-G18HL) high carbon steel. Regardless of the blade choice, this is my favorite saw of all that I’ve reviewed. Everything from the handle design to the carbon steel blades, and from the swing lock blade locking mechanism to the adjustable blade tension screams “quality!”. Sure, it’s more expensive than other folding handsaws I’ve tested but it’s well Continue Reading