(You can find my favorite things from previous months here!) And, don’t forget to share a few of your favorite things below!
Dewalt Reciprocating Saw
Out of the three tools I’m sharing with you today, this Dewalt Reciprocating Saw is my absolute favorite. I feel like Tim The Toolman Taylor (do you remember that TV show) every time I use it!
Our neighbors introduced me to a reciprocating saw when Trent and I were first married. They saw me cutting on one of our trees with a hack saw and let me borrow their reciprocating saw. Needless to say, the rest of the story is history!
The Reciprocating Saw is perfect for trimming thicker branches. I use this handy dandy tool quite often during the spring/summer months. (I have yet to use it this year, but as you can tell from the blade, it got a lot of use last year. I definitely think it’s time for a replacement blade!)
Speaking of the blade, changing it is oh so very simple (yet another reason I love this tool)! See the yellow circle close to the blade in the picture above? Directly on the other side is a lever. Pull up on it and it releases the blade. Push it down and the blade tightens into place. Super simple.
Fiskars Power Lever Tree Branch Trimmer (the link is the updated version of what I have) is perfect for those hard to reach branches that need trimmed. My favorite use for these trimmers is to get rid of the branches that hang too low on our trees. I used this puppy a couple days ago to trim the branches that were hanging too low as I mowed the lawn. (Yes, that’ my general rule of thumb. If if it’s close to my head when I ride under the tree on the lawnmower, it needs trimmed.)
Tip: Know your own strength and don’t try to trim branches that are super thick. (Yes, I’m speaking from experience!) Also, wear sunglasses or eye protection so that you don’t get tiny pieces of bark in your eyes.
If you’re like me and have shrubs in your front yard, you’ll likely need a way to trim them. Enter the Black and Decker Hedge Trimmer. (The link is an updated version of mine. As you can see, I’ve had this puppy for a long time!)
I will say that it’s rather nerve wracking the first time you trim your shrubs with a hedge trimmer. But once you get your method down, it’s a piece of cake. I showed my nephew how to use the hedge trimmer last year and I think he rather enjoyed it. (Just be careful not to get the extension cord caught in your trimmer. Been there, done that!)
Tip: The best time of year to trim your shrubs is spring or fall.
Don’t be afraid to trim back your trees and bushes.
Early in our marriage when I told Trent that I was going to trim the trees, he thought I would kill them. On the contrary, they look 10 times better than they ever have. And the shrubs in the front landscaping have grown so much that we’ve had to pull up a few of them so they don’t overtake the house.
Secretly, I think Trent still gets a little nervous when I pull it out these tools. (Shhh…don’t tell him I told you! Wink!) So, I generally use them when he’s not at the house.
And there you have it for this month! You’ll definitely want to check out my other favorite things, and share a few of your favorite things in the comments below!