… and that means new garden shears!
As I write this it is still mid-January but guess what, the days are getting longer and we have already had a major January thaw after some of the worst storms and cold temperatures in decades.
We have even seen some green grass! And though we know spring is still a long way off it is time to start thinking and planning for your time in your yard and gardens.
I am excited to share with you a development which took place over the past year and is now in full swing.
As my body has aged I have noticed it becoming increasingly more difficult to do many chores that were once a piece of cake.
We are in the nursery business and a large part of our production activities includes pruning. I have noticed increase difficulty in pruning than in the past. This is particularly due to two conditions that affect my hands… arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
For many years, I have used what I consider to be about the best pruners on the market, Felcos… and in fact, I have been using the same pair for roughly 25 years. But as I struggle with these two conditions that impact my hand mobility, I find I can no longer prune for extended periods without suffering most of the night from numbness and pain.
So rather than just complain and suffer we decided to do something about it. We started searching the world for gardening tools that would make our lives easier. We were fortunate to find a manufacturer who would produce a special line of pruners for us. We have named them The Gardener’s Friend 3-Stage Ratchet Hand Pruners.
And we have made them available so that our friends and customers can also have access to this super tool.
They offer many benefits to the gardener but for me, the big news is I can prune with much greater ease because they require much reduced hand pressure to complete a cut.
The unique ratcheting action with these secateurs completes up to 1” cuts in 3 or 4 stages. It depends on the size of the piece of wood you are cutting. For small cuts it will perform the cut in one snip. But for larger cuts it takes several squeezes. It makes some cuts possible that wouldn’t otherwise be and also dramatically reduces the hand pressure to perform one squeeze of these pruning shears.
The only disadvantage I can see is that it takes a bit longer to complete a cut but for me, I can last a lot longer pruning with these than with conventional pruners so I can get more done in a day!
It doesn’t matter if you are a professional landscaper or a home gardener you will find this tool to be super.
Here are some of the benefits:
- Ease of use due to the ratcheting mechanism
- Left or right locking mechanism for either left or right handed people.
- Looped hand grip reduces dropping.
- Acrylic (rubberlike) cushion on the top hand grip.
- Small sponge to clean off pitch or fungi.
- Extremely sharp hardened carbon steel blade makes supped smooth cuts.
- Lightweight aluminum construction for small or weak hands.
- Teflon coated channel on the anvil portion.
- Replaceable blade in case of breakage.
These pruners are great for people like me with hand mobility issues but in truth, great for any gardener! You can get yours here today.