Leveraging the Power of Great Tools with a Fiskars Giveaway!April 12, 2012
My most precious gardening tools are my hands. Without them, I couldn’t hold a shovel or shears or pencil.
Unfortunately, as we age, our hands may lose strength or become shaky or just plain achy.
Fortunately, tool designers are innovating products that take some of the strain off our bodies. Leveraging the power of the tools — letting them do the harder work — helps reduce the pain folks like me might otherwise suffer after a long day weeding and pruning and doing whatever else our garden demands.
This month Fiskars is featuring their PowerGear line of tools. These tools are designed to bear the brunt of the hard work so your hands and arms and shoulders and back (and etc…) don’t have to. Many in the line have even won the Ease of Use Commendation by the Arthritis Foundation.
Over a decade ago, I sustained an injury that temporarily left me with a barely working right hand. And, yes, I am right handed. And, yes, I refused to stop gardening when this happened. Along with embarking on a long stretch of physical therapy to regain my hand’s functionality, wearing a ridiculous brace that kept my thumb immobile, and screaming profanities every time I stretched my thumb inward toward my palm, I began using a pair of Fiskars PowerGear Large Bypass Pruners.
I’ll admit that the rolling action was a bit of a surprise at first, but now I look forward to that motion in my hand. And today, although my right hand works pretty darn well, I still reach for one of my PowerGear Bypass shears more often than not. Small or Large. Although I now have several pair of these pruners, I still keep the original pair I purchased many moons ago tucked in my kitchen tool drawer, right by the back door. That way, I know they’re always handy when I need to run out to harvest herbs or veggies while I’m cooking dinner. (Other pairs are tucked in my work truck to share with clients and in my greenhouse where I’m always snipping and tipping to keep things growing their best.)
Want a pair of these great tools for your very own?
The fine folks at Fiskars have generously offered to give away some of these great tools via gardenhelp.org to celebrate this fantastic line in April 2012. If you would like a chance to win one of these freebies, you may enter throughout the month of April 2012 by commenting below. Here’s the deets:
In your comment, tell us:
- Why you love Fiskars PowerGear Tools (& which one you love)
- Or, Why you need a pair of PowerGear bypass shears to get you through your gardening day.
Be sure to include your contact information, so we can contact you if you win. (If you don’t include contact information, you will be automatically disqualified.) We’ll be drawing one name each week until the end of April — that’s three chances to win a pair of great shears! Winners will be chosen at random — names in a hat sort of thing. Winners will be contacted by email and announced on gardenhelp.org as well.
Note: GardenMentors is a paid garden expert writer for Fiskars tools. You can read more of our articles on caring for aging hands and tool use on the Fiskars gardening information pages here: