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.


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


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


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


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 Link-Force Double-Gear Drive (Monster) 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