Pruning is critical for the gardener. It serves so many important functions and is a great way to keep garden shrubs shapely and healthy.
Pruning is nothing new to me. I grew up on a cherry farm where pruning trees was part of the annual care ritual. I got my first experience pruning when I was seven or eight and my dad wanted some pruning done on a young orchard he’d just planted. It was simple stuff and he paid me a piecework rate to do it so that his employees could focus on more skilled tasks.
Then in the late 80’s my experience with pruning exploded when Scott and I put in our first acre of vineyard. Having grapes means pruning annually as grapes only fruit on year old wood. Our learning experience went through many trial and error experiments with cordon pruning, fan pruning, Scott Henry method and our variations of all of those. Since we were raising grapes for wine we wanted a bountiful crop but we also wanted to make sure our annual pruning ritual was going to assure the long term health of the vine. This is always a careful balance.
As we worked we tried several different pruners but pretty much settled on Felcos. The classic Felco F-2 is a great all around pruner but because I have wrist issues (thanks to years on a typewriter and then on a keyboard) I quickly switched to Felco F-7s which have a rotating handle and are much easier to use if you’re pruning for a few hours. Today Felco offers a wide variety of pruners but my favorites — the F-2 and the F-7 are displayed here.
One thing I learned growing up on the farm is that you’re only as good as your equipment. That’s why I tend to invest in great tools like Felco pruners, the Radius Garden Root Slayer and the Radius Garden Ergonomic tools. The only tool I haven’t replaced in recent years is my beloved Hori Hori knife.
If you’re looking for great pruners I invite you to check out Felco pruners, which you can find on Amazon. If you do buy these pruners by following the link in this article, I may receive a commission.
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