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BY BRUCE ZIMMERMAN

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Truly powerful loppers. I had no problem pruning any type of wood including apple. The blunt nose adds strength to the blade but makes it difficult to get into confused branches. The  PowerGear® technology doubles the cutting power. It is lightweight with virtually unbreakable Nyglass® handles. Hardened steel bypass blade has a non-stick coating. It has a 1-1/2" cutting capacity. The blade is replaceable.
Overall length: 21-1/2"

This pruner is good but the handle is a little slippery in your hand. The blade must be kept tightened regularly. The PowerGear® technology gives you 35% more cutting power. The ultra hardened steel bypass blade has a non-stick coating with a 3/4" cutting capacity
The adjustable rotating handle opens parallel to maximize hand strength.
Replaceable blade.

Bionic Gardening Glove are made of Cabretta leather with breathable web zones. Designed by an orthopedic hand surgeon. The Bionic Glove carries the Ease of Use Commendation by the Arthritis Foundation. They are to be machine washed and air dried. They are the most expensive of the gloves and durability maybe in question but they feel great . I liked the feel of them so much that I built this page wearing these gloves. They also have the extended wear and heavy-duty pro models. 
Womanswork Ultra Touch Glove has a stretch spandex top and a terrycloth wipe for your forehead. The velcro wrist closure keeps the dirt out. The quilted Pittards leather palms give extra protection to your palms. Pittards leather is designed to be strong but still give you great tactile touch. Available in Celery, Chrysanthemum,
and Olive Green. Womanswork  1-800-639-2709
West County Waterproof Glove is bulkier but it keeps your hands dry while still allows the heat to be expelled. Sounds impossible but the triple layer construction makes it a glove for the whole gardening season. They have the Velcro closure at the wrist and the terrycloth wipe for your forehead. Available in both men's and women's sizes. see www.rittenhouse.ca
Encyclopedia of Dahlias by Bill McClaren is the best book I have come across on Dahlias. The over 800

 colour photographs makes this book thrilling. The practical information is through and concise.
Timber Press 
1-800-327-5680
US $39.95

 

Roses in the modern gardens by Sally Court is an inspiring coffee table book.
McArthur & Company
416-408-4007
UK £25
US $40.00
CDN $60.00

 

Canadian Gardening city gardens edited by Liz Primeau is designed to inspire the large and small urban property. The book is divided in to five sections Small Gardens, Classic Gardens, Perennials Gardens, Family Gardens And Serenity Gardens. Full colour photographs are numerous and beautiful. 
McArthur & Company
416-408-4007
CDN $29.95
US $19.95
Truly an inspiring and honest book about life and the garden that evolved from their life trials. An easy read.

McArthur & Company
416-408-4007

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