A good pair of loppers can make spring pruning a breeze. However, most loppers seem to make even a strong person feel pathetically weak if the branch is thicker than half an inch. Attempting to cut bigger branches with such inferior loppers, particularly branches in the Goldilocks size of 1 to 2 inches, can be difficult even with all the muscle in the world. The Corona extendable DualLINK bypass loppers allow you to adjust the length of each handle from 29 to 37 inches to gain more leverage from different angles, and the blade-and-hook end is nearly twice as large as those on other loppers I’ve used. I find that I can use these to easily slice through stems up to 2 inches in diameter.
If you’ve ever tried to assemble a bamboo trellis for your peas or tomatoes, you know how challenging the task can be. In the past I’d cut dozens of strips of twine, which I’d pull from my pockets and then use in an attempt to tie the canes together. Inevitably the poles would end up as a pile of sticks before I could recruit some help. I now use these galvanized-steel stake connectors. Not only do they prevent me from having to hand-tie each cane, but their innovative design (which involves simply snapping them on a cane) results in a much stronger structure. Best of all, they are reusable from year to year.
Price: $13 (set of 20)
The Pullerbear is one of those odd but useful tools you never knew you needed. Do you have an infestation of invasive vines or trees that you can’t pull out of the ground? These must be extracted by their roots if you want to get rid of them permanently, and spring is a perfect time to do so before the landscape fills out. The Pullerbear is my go-toRead more on finegardening.com