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Stuff We Love: Garden Hand Tools

Make your gardening chores a breeze with these three tools that get the green thumbs-up.

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Part of the joy of maintaining a beautiful garden is working with your hands, so quality hand tools are essential. Today on Stuff We Love we’ll introduce you to three super-efficient hand tools that make your time in the garden productive and enjoyable. Watch editor Mike Berner discuss and demonstrate these tools in the video, then read on for product detail.

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Fiskars PowerGear2 Pruner

Proper pruning is key to keeping plants healthy. The Fiskars PowerGear2 pruners make that chore quick and painless. Their geared design allows you to easily snip through branches up to 3/4-in. thick. Other features include:

  • A bypass blade design, ideal for pruning live plants;
  • A contoured handle that fits the shape and natural motion of your hand:
  • A hardened steel blade with a low-friction coating for smooth cutting and less gumming up.

The PowerGear design of these pruners requires less grip strength than conventional pruners, making them ideal for aging or arthritic hands. Their power and cutting capacity also means you rarely need to switch to a heftier set of shears when confronted with larger pruning chores.

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Power Planter Garden Augers

Planting bulbs and larger potted plants or trees is a much simpler task with a Power Planter Auger. It fits into a 3/8 or larger drill, allowing you to quickly fashion a hole right where you want it. These Power Planters come in diameters and lengths ranging from 2 x 7-in. up to 9 x 28-in., so you could even consider setting smaller posts with them. They are also great for mixing soil, mortar or paint. All are made in the U.S. and come with an unconditional guarantee.

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Haushof Hori Hori Garden Knife

Hori Hori roughly translated from Japanese means “dig dig.” This is an activity all gardeners can relate to, yet this simple tool does so much more. It helps you trench, plant, cut and measure. Because of its versatility, this has become a go-to tool for serious gardeners. This particular Haushof Hori Hori knife has a lot going on. Its features include:

  • Straight and serrated edges;
  • Tempered polished steel;
  • Stain and corrosion-resistant;
  • Six-inch measuring gauge for planting depth;
  • Concave shape for trowel tasks;
  • Solid wood handle;
  • Leather sheath with belt loop.

If you want to make light work of many garden tasks without multiple tools, strap one of these knives to your belt. You’ll be amazed at its versatility and efficiency.

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Bill Bergmann
“Bungalow” Bill Bergmann is an associate editor at Family Handyman. He’s been a licensed contractor/builder for more than 20 years. For him, there’s nothing better than taking out a few walls to make people happier in their homes.