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“Cutting and pruning is a daily outdoor chore, and if your tool is heavy, awkward, or just plain worn out, then it’s time for an upgrade,” says Richard Reina, product training director at ToolsID.com. If you’ve got limited hand strength, Reina recommends these Fiskars Softgrip pruning snips for trimming, deadheading, shaping, and other quick snips on plants. Manual sheep shears are another option, says Jen Smock, manager of landscapes horticulture at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. They “are useful for spring garden clean-up cutting back grasses and various other perennials.” Although pricey, the Felco F2 pruning shears also come highly recommended.
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