One thing that you’ll do a lot of in a garden is cutting. There’s trimming trees and bushes, deadheading flowers, cutting back winter dieback, and harvesting from your vegetable and herb gardens.
Having the right tool at the right time is a great help and makes the work simple and quick. Depending on what you have growing in your yard you may be able to get away with just a simple pair of scissors, or you may need a chainsaw.
There are several tools that are essential. Obviously having a good pair of scissors for simple cuts is helpful. Then there are small-scale nippers, for deadheading and cutting fresh flowers. A step up from that are pruners, I prefer bypass. Since I live on an acre of land and have a wooded area I have a pair of loppers and a long handled saw to keep the trees pruned.
One thing that is nice to have is a folding pocket knife, not only in your garden tools, but in the glove compartment of your car, too. It is a great way to cut some lovely wildflowers along the side of the road, or to cut off a seed head of some interesting flower you spot while driving.
Although not specifically for gardening you may want to consider a tactical knife or fixed blade knife. There are many different blade styles, some of which look like they would be great for cutting and trimming around the yard. Some have hooks on the end of them that look like they would cut twine and other tying materials easily. I sure could have used one of them the night I was out in near freezing temperatures trying to pull up my tomato plants, which had grown so hardily they had stems almost as big around as my forearm! It was quite a job with just a kitchen knife and took nearly two hours.
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