The dirt on the best gardening tools

May 5, 2009 9:39:37 AM PDT
It's that time of year when many of us will be getting down and dirty in the garden.

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Having the right gardening tools can make a big difference. The good housekeeping research institute warns not all new pruners, shovels and saws are created equal.

"We found that something like the ratchet pruner which we thought we could use with one hand was actually too wide and we had to use two hands in order to cut. We also found that this hedge sheer when left out, corroded very quickly," said Kathleen Huddy, Good Housekeeping.

For small jobs, Good Housekeeping like the "Fiskars Florist Bypass Pruner." it lets you cut flowers and trim plants quickly.

"The non-stick coating prevented the gook from building up on the shears," said Huddy.

For sifting dirt, compost and peat ? Good Housekeeping recommends the lightweight "Toolite Sifting Shovel." And for hacking through branches, testers like the "Fiskars Lop and Saw."

Make sure you pick up a tool before buying it to ensure sure it's not too heavy and can be used comfortably.

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