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This is not a gift guide. Over the years, we have already created several gift guides. You can read them here. Rather, it’s a list of things you want, rather than a list of things you might want to buy from someone else. Call it a “wish list” if you want, but what I prefer to call it is a very instant list. This is serious gardening equipment for avid gardeners; this equipment goes far beyond your basic hand tools.

As a professional gardener with almost 30 years of experience (I started working in a greenhouse as a teenager – let me count it!), I have used a variety of tools over the years, and let me assure you that the right tools are important. The tools on this list are smart and useful. Really, very useful. Each of the elements I’m going to tell you about is unusual in order to make you a more prepared gardener, more eco-friendly, more intelligent, less hurried and more like weeds. Don’t hold back. This list is for you. Don’t make someone else’s life in the garden easier/better/more fantastic… you are!

In addition to your basic gardening equipment

Although I have worked in the horticultural industry all my professional life, I have worked in many different positions. I was a landscape designer for ten years, ran a wedding flower shop for four years, ran an organic market farm for six years, worked my ass off in greenhouses for eight years and worked in a flower shop for nine years.

And for many of those years, I’ve had more than one job at a time. As a result of all this thumbing, I have used many different gardening tools and learned which tools are good for the gardener and which are not worth the investment. The perfect gardening tool is not just what is most popular or what your friends use. It’s also about finding tools that work as hard as you do; tools that take on tasks and help achieve goals.

So here’s a list of my favorite hardcore gardening tools. I’m sure you’ll find these articles as useful as I have over the years. Do yourself a favor and cross them off your “I have to be at this very moment” list and put them in your garage or shed instead.

Stem pruning shears are great tools for pruning tall branches of trees and shrubs, but if you’ve had problems with other brands of this tool in the past, you’ve probably had better luck with this one. I’ve used my share of bar shears in the past, and I’m looking for a simple pulley effect, a forged steel blade, and a lightweight fiberglass handle.

Admittedly, the handle of this telescope doesn’t do that, which I really like, but this one cuts branches thicker than other chisels (up to 1.75 inches thick!), and the saw has a triple-edged blade, not on one side. single or double blade for easier cutting. Two struts join together to extend 12 feet. I use mine every winter to prune our fruit trees.

Flame Extinguisher: For maximum weed control, jump over chemicals and start a fire instead. I can’t even tell you how great it is to “fry” weeds in cracks on terraces, sidewalks, along fences and even in flower beds with this bad gardening tool. The red dragon flame extinguisher connects to a standard reusable propane tank and literally melts weeds with a flame at 2000 degrees Fahrenheit! You can also use it to melt snow and ice from sidewalks and roadways.

There’s even one that comes with a backpack for carrying a propane tank on my back, but I put the tank on a trolley in the cabin, secure it with an elastic cord and pull the tank behind me while I walk along our fence. blowing out weeds like a hardcore gardener that I like to keep to myself.

Blunt tools make gardening much more difficult. If you want your tools to have a sharp edge, as you did when you were a beginner, this little tool is for you. I have four women in labor at home. I have two in the kitchen–one for sharpening knives, the other for scissors-and two in the shed for sharpening pruners, pruners, lawn mower blades and shovels. If you’ve never turned over the soil or bordered the garden with a sharp shovel, you don’t know what you’re not found! AccuSharp is a small portable blade sharpener with a tungsten carbide cutting edge enclosed in a plastic protective matter. You just need to swipe it three or four times on the blade, and it will turn it into a razor-sharp edge. I’ve tried other knife sharpeners, but I definitely like this one the most. Thanks to the plastic cover and finger protection, my skin is protected from contact with the blade during sharpening.

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