A Fiskars garden tool giveaway!!!

Dee Nash with Gilmore hose and daffodils

When I posted about February garden chores last week, I mentioned a Fiskars garden tool giveaway. I finally got the photos ready, and now I can share it with you. I wrote for Fiskars for several years until I wrote my book, The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff.

I had to then focus upon book promotion. I still love the people at Fiskars, and they are always so kind to send products to my readers and me. Thank you Fiskars!

Note: This post contains affiliate links so that I get a small commission if you buy a tool. These small commissions make it possible to pay for blog hosting and other trivial things. No, I don’t get rich from blogging. Far from it. Ha!

Fiskars garden tool giveaway. Fiskars PowerGear2™ Lopper (18”) Dee Nash
My favorite Fiskars garden tool hands down, or hands up in this case, are my (18”) PowerGear2™ Loppers. I love them because I can get in the middle of rose bushes and not hurt myself. Here, I’m trimming a holly in my front border. These hollies are always getting out of hand.

My favorite Fiskars garden tool hands down are my Fiskars 18 Inch PowerGear Bypass Loppers. I love these short loppers because I can get in the middle of rose bushes with them and not injure myself. All of the loppers Fiskars makes are wonderful. I use them all the time and have many pair. The longer Fiskars 32-Inch PowerGear Bypass Lopper is great for reaching branches in trees and shrubs.

Another great tool in your arsenal is Fiskars 7-16 Foot Chain-drive Extendable Pole Saw and Tree Pruner Click on the photos below to see them larger.

When we worked on this giveaway, Fiskars let me know they acquired Gilmour in 2015. Gilmour makes sprinklers, hose end sprayers and hoses. I asked if we could also include a sprinkler and hose in the garden tool giveaway this time. They said yes!

Fiskars Micro-Tip Pruning Snip
Fiskars Micro-Tip Pruning Snip

Among Fiskars most sought after tools are the Fiskars Non-stick Softgrip Micro-Tip Pruning Snips. They are great for cutting daffodils and avoiding their sticky latex sap, but they are also used extensively by marijuana growers. Marijuana buds have sticky sap, and the snips’ nonstick coating is great for harvest. Just remember marijuana growing and consumption isn’t legal in Oklahoma so use your snips wisely if you buy them for our state. California, Colorado, Washington, Oregon growers–I’m sure I’m leaving out many states–perform your bud snipping with abandon. For the rest of us, they are great snips to have in the greenhouse because they are small. You can snip with precision.

Fiskars Micro-Tip Pruning Snips are among their most sought after tools.
Fiskars Micro-Tip Pruning Snips are among their most sought-after tools.

All of the Power Gear tools are great because they are easy on arthritic hands and shoulders. I use the Fiskars PowerGear2 Pruner for everything from cutting back Phlox paniculata stems to pruning roses and other shrubs. You get more power with less hand strain. You gotta like that.

Dee Nash pruning a rose with Fiskars PowerGear2 Softgrip Pruner; Fiskars Garden Tool Giveaway
Pruning a rose with Fiskars PowerGear 2 Softgrip pruners. That’s just a shadow on my hand. I haven’t gotten some icky grunge or anything.

Fiskars offered to give the following away to one lucky reader:

  • One pair of PowerGear2 Pruners
  • One pair of PowerGear2 Loppers (18 or 35″ your choice)
  • One Garden Multi-Snip
  • One SoftGrip Micro Tip Snip
  • One Chain Drive Extendable Pole Saw & Pruner (7’–16′)
  • One Gilmour hose and one sprinkler
  • You’ll be completely set for spring!

So, here’s how the giveaway works. It starts today and runs through March 23rd at Midnight. To enter, I want you to tell me which Fiskars garden tool you think will be your favorite, and I’ll choose a winner based upon a random number selector. As I wrote above, the giveaway runs through March 23rd because I’m going to be traveling. I’ll announce the winner on March 26th sometime in the afternoon. The giveaway is only open to residents of the continental U.S. because of shipping costs. Sorry European and Canadian friends.

If you would be so kind as to tweet and share this post on Facebook, I would be ever so grateful. It gets harder and harder to get posts out across social media these days. Good luck to all of you!

UPDATE: Jennifer K. is the lucky winner of the garden tools! Thank you all so much for playing along. Have a wonderful week.

 

 

My hand weeder went missing yet again

One of the many piles of garden debris to haul off to either a burn or compost pile.

Dang it!  My hand weeder is again missing. After all the work I put it through yesterday, it is probably hiding under a pile of rose canes.  Debris piles are all over the garden right now so it wouldn’t surprise me.  If I don’t find it soon, I’ll be forced to buy another.  Then, one day, I’ll find this one as I cleaning and clearing away.

It’s important to have good tools.  In fact, it is one of Carol’s five keys to garden happiness, and I agree.

Whether your passion is cooking, baking, crafting or gardening (all things I enjoy), good tools make your job easier and more enjoyable.  I’ve found I only need a few garden tools to make me happy.

  • A good pair of loppers is one of the essentials.  I like the 28- inch Fiskars Power-Lever Loppers because they have gears which make them more powerful and easier to use.  I also like these shorter ones because they are more manageable to navigate deep into the roses, and they make clean and easy cuts on dead wood.
  • Speaking of ergonomic, I love this weeder spade thing, the Radius Garden Natural Radius Grip weeder.  I actually found mine at a discount store in the city (sorry, there were only a few).  It is wonderful for digging out dandelions and other deep-rooted weeds.  It also works great as a trowel especially for bulbs.  Have you ordered your rain lilies yet?
  • I wouldn’t go gardening anywhere without my Muck Boot garden clogs.  I love, love, love them.  They keep my feet dry, and they can be hosed off for cleaning.  Better than destroying another pair of walking shoes.

Wolf draw hoe leaning against the garage with tomato staking supplies below.
  • I have several, favorite brands of gloves.  When I had a lot of arthritis pain, I used the Bionic Women’s Elite Gardening Gloves with the reinforced fingertips.  (After I quit eating dairy and wheat, I don’t have as much hand weakness and pain, but I still like this brand.)  I also like WomansWork and Ethel gloves.  Ooh, Ethel has a rose glove.  Boy, I’d like to have that.  I bet the gauntlets would breathe, and my arms wouldn’t sweat.  Very, very nice for different types of jobs.  Why do I wear gloves?  A couple of reasons.  I’ve been stung by assassin bugs a couple of times accidentally (they drop to the ground when startled).  I like to squish grubs, but not bare handed, and once I got into a mess of blister beetles, which caused Leprous looking blisters on my thumb.  I also have fake nails.  I know, the last is odd for a gardener.

But, back to my hand hoe.  Smith & Hawken, in those days when they made really good garden gear, had the most wonderful hand weeder.  This one, from A.M. Leonard, comes close, but the handle should be a bit bigger around to reduce hand strain.  I also love my CobraHead Weeder and Cultivator, but I use it for different tasks especially dealing with the dreaded Bermuda grass.  If anyone knows of a similar, triangle-head, forged, hand weeder, I would be very grateful.

Sniff.  Sob.  I miss my weeder.

By the way, in accordance with full declaration rules by the FTC, I bought all of these products myself.  I have, in the past, received Ethel and Bionic gloves as gifts during the Garden Writers Association’s annual meeting and the Garden Bloggers’ Spring Fling in Chicago.  I wore out both of them in the garden and then, happily bought more.