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.

 

 

Pruning roses is a bit like parenting teenagers

Both hurt.

This afternoon, I untangled the wreck between Rosa ‘The Fairy’ and R. ‘Carefree Delight’ (a thornier beast never grew), and I was stabbed on my arms, head and backside.  Note:  Friends keep giving me rose gloves, but I find them clunkier than regular gloves, and they make my arms sweat.  Besides, they don’t don’t solve the sticky head or backside problems.  I’m thinking full body armor?

While I worked, I pondered how pruning roses is a lot like raising teenagers.  I’m on numbers two and three in the children category if you wondered.

Planting a new, young rose bush

First, let’s back up a bit.  Like a new parent, you plant your tiny roses in the garden.  You give them good things to eat like bone meal, manure and leaf mold.  For those first couple of years you prune them lightly and water, waiting for them to grow.  With a guiding hand, you protect them from late freezes and other dangers like thrips, Japanese beetles and cane borers.

Then, one day, you go outside with your sharpened pruners full of hope and expectation, and you discover that during winter (or when you turned your back), the roses grew six feet tall and became all prickly, unruly and sullen.  Suddenly, they don’t want to go to Tae Kwon Do anymore (even though they are one test from earning their first black belt), or to Boy Scouts (although they are one step from their Eagle).  Instead, they want to mingle with friends, listen to music you hate, and think incessantly about girls or boys.

Whoops, I’m talking about the teens, but you can see the similarities.

The roses are now clambering through the other shrubs and are taking over pathways.  You gently try to prune away dead wood, and you are stabbed by reflexive thorns (prickles really) which let your hand in, but force you to scratch your way out.  You take the canes gently and pull them away (to cause the least bit of damage to you and the rose), but then, the rose slaps you in the face.

Someone to watch over me

It isn’t pretty.

You ask the teens, “Where are you going tonight and with whom?”  They spout off a name . . . someone you don’t know.

“Do we know their family,” you ask.  With a look of disdain, the teen mumbles something unintelligible.  After much discussion, you realize you do know the new friend, and with fingers crossed and silent prayer, you say okay.

Roses are the same way.  It’s good to know their background.  Does the rose have ‘Carefree Delight’ in her progeny?  If so, expect great disease resistance, but also, disturbing growth and wicked thorns.  Sometimes, for ‘Carefree Delight’, a complete chop down to three or four canes is necessary.  I call this “rose grounding.”  It is similar to teen grounding, like when you discover the school has your teen’s phone.  Again.  Resigned, you have your teen work off the phone’s ransom.

Another useful thing for climbers growing wildly out of control and reaching for the sky (a good analogy for a teen boy) is a bit of guidance with vinyl tie tape or jute twine.  It guides the rose toward the arbor or trellis while providing some give and take.  Everyone needs their space.

R. 'Carefree Delight' (L) mingling with R. 'The Fairy' (R)

Then, once the pruning, gentle or severe, is over, it’s time to feed and mulch your babies.  Come summer (i.e., adulthood), you get to see them bloom, and suddenly, you realize all the pain and struggle was worth it for moments such as these.

R. 'Baseye's Blueberry' which, by the way, is thornless.