Author Jack Hemingway

Jack is a licensed Arborist and owned a tree care company for many years. When he's not up in a tree you'll find him hiking and clearing trails in the Coronado National Forest.


Corona 1¼-inch Long Reach Pruner (TP 3206): Product Review


The Corona 1¼-inch Long Reach Pruner (TP 3206) is a 62-inch bypass stick pruner. It’s well designed for its intended use, makes very clean cuts up to about ¾ inch diameter, and is lightweight enough to be used for hours at a time. The rotating/tilting head gives you almost infinite approach angles when trying to reach awkwardly-placed branches (this is one of the outstanding features of the pruner). The rubberized surfaces and design of the Continue Reading


Corona Long Reach Cut ‘n’ Hold Bypass Pruner (LR 3460): Product Review


I liked this extendable bypass pole pruner very much. It’s lightweight (only barely over 1 lb!), makes clean cuts, and is comfortable and easy to handle. The “cut ‘n’ hold” blades keep a firm grip on branches and stems as they’re cut off so you can easily dispose of them. It allowed me to work on low shrubs without stooping or kneeling, gave me much longer reach for larger shrubs and small trees, allowed for Continue Reading


AeroGarden Bounty Elite Wi-Fi: Product Review


The AeroGarden Bounty Elite is an exceptionally easy-to-use countertop garden that includes everything you need to produce a bountiful crop of hydroponic herbs, veggies or flowers in a small space. The clear instructions make set-up a breeze and the LCD panel lets you monitor and control everything you need to keep the system running smoothly. The LED light panel emits a bright white light (not purple like some LED grow lights) and the liquid plant Continue Reading


Centurion Powerful Link-Force Double-Gear Drive Lopper: Product Review


I’m a big fan of this lopper and highly recommend it, although it’s probably not the best choice for those who are petite or have limited upper body strength. The guillotine-style, geared cutting head is by far the most interesting design I’ve seen in quite some time. It works exceptionally well on deadwood, blasting through 2-inch deadwood like a hot knife through butter. If you have a lot of deadwood pruning to do, this is Continue Reading


Greenworks 24 Volt, 2-speed Cordless Sweeper: Product Review


I would unequivocally recommend this sweeper. It has a lot of nice features, including dual speeds, light weight, excellent balance and charge indicator lights on the battery. I like the extra power when it's needed and the lower MPH for normal applications (and conserving battery life). It removes the debris that a broom can’t touch, and does it with speed and precision. Note that this is not a blower and so wouldn't be useful for Continue Reading


Yard Force Pressure Washer (YF1600A1): Product Review


I like the Yard Force LR1600A1. It’s a beast of a machine packed in a small, easy to use unit. It has plenty of power to clean just about everything, especially with the included turbo nozzle. It’s simple to set up and easy to drag around on the two wheels without having to lift it (although it’s lightweight enough to be easily lifted and moved with the folding handle). I also appreciate the attention to Continue Reading


Allsop Premium Grow Stake: Product Review


The Allsop Premium Grow Stake is a strong, sleek, aluminum stake with several unique features that make it a worthwhile purchase for staking larger, heavier plants. I like the adjustable telescoping pole that you can extend as the plant grows, as well as the “foot” that stabilizes the stake in the ground. The adjustable tie-down cleats make it easy to secure tree trunks, stalks and other plantings without tying a lot of knots. And the Continue Reading


Vegepod Self-Watering Planter: Product Review


This is one of my favorite gardening containers. It produces bountiful crops, is self-watering, protects plants from birds and other pests, and takes up limited space – great for patio gardening. With the optional stand (with or without casters), you can garden at waist height. The cover keeps pesky critters away, is easy to open and close, and has an integrated watering system. It does take patience to assemble all the parts but the instructions Continue Reading