Garden Gear - Garden Tools

The best hand tools for spring

Karina Leimanis
Photography by
Roger Yip

Whether you need to prune, trim, dig, rake or hoe, 2009's top picks are still great choices


From top to bottom:

Bypass Pruner with carabiner clip snaps onto your belt loop. $19.99; Fiskars. 

8" Anvil Ratchet Pruner with non-slip cushion grip. $9.99; Home Hardware


From left to right:

Ame's True Temper Bypass Pruner with control ring. $19.99; Lowe's.

Wood-handled Pruning Shears offer natural ergonomic comfort. $70, set of two (heavy-duty snips not shown); Design Within Reach.

Try the Felco #10 Left-handed Pruner with rotating handle for maximum comfort. $67; Lee Valley Tools

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