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23 September 2010

Fiskars pruner giveaway

A couple of months ago, when Tricia was visiting, I had an email from Fiskars asking if I wanted to try some of their products. I rarely take up these offers, although they come fairly frequently from various companies, but when I told Tricia about it, she told me that she had been using her Fiskers pruners for four years and they were wonderful. She is a florist, and knows her pruners. On that recommendation, I took them up on their offer and had some long handed pruners sent.

I was impressed by this information they sent:
FISKARS Easy Reach Pruning Wands have won a number of international awards including:
  • “iF” Industrial Design Award (Germany)
  • “Good Design” Award (US)
  • “Reddot” Design Award (Germany), Best of the Best
  • “Trophee de la Nouveaute” (France)
  • “Popular Mechanics Award” (US)
However, as we all know, the proof is in the pudding. Hanno set out to test them the following day. He trimmed off the top of our lemon tree, something he'd been wanting to do for some time, pruned off along the edge of the rain forest, and tamed the passionfruit. His verdict: EXCELLENT! The best pruners he's ever used. He loves them.

Hanno using the long handled pruners for the first time.

They weigh 900 grams and can reach to a height of 3.5 metres. With these we can prune while standing on the ground and not up a ladder with sharp tools. It's much safer. And the easy to use pull cord makes pruning a breeze.

So, on the strength of that, I contacted them again and asked for some hand pruners to be sent, along with a pair for a giveaway. We figured they had to be good. They arrived, and yes, both Hanno and I have used them, and they're wonderful. They fit well in my hand as well as Hanno's and are very good for people with arthritis. One of the handles has a rolling type action that makes clipping even thick branches, as easy as pie. And there is a 25 year warranty! I am so glad we have them and equally glad I can share Fiskars generosity with you.


If you'd like to be in the draw to win the second pair of Fiskars hand pruners, as seen in the above photo, please leave a comment. I'd like to know what you'd prune with the pruners or how you'd use them. We are so happy with these pruners, we'd like to share them with all of you, but that's not possible, there will be only one winner. But Hanno and I are happy to pay postage to wherever you are in the world, so everyone, make your comment and enter for this fabulous prize. The giveaway will go until next Wednesday when I think I'll be returning to my blog.

PLEASE NOTE: The giveaway is for the hand pruners, not the long pruners in the photo with Hanno pruning the lemon tree.

ADDITION: Ann asked if I know the price of these tools. Yes, I do know the price in Australia. The info that came tells me the pruning wand is $119 - that is the one that does those high jobs. They didn't send the price of the pruners we're giving away but I know from personal experience they are $40. After using them here, I bought a pair for our neighbourhood centre from our local hardware store. :- )

193 comments:

  1. Hi Rhonda,
    first time comment for me but I have been reading your posts for over twelve months now and enjoyed them AND learned from them.
    I would love the pruners as I have almost three dozen fruit trees that have been neglected for many years and after eighteen months here I'm still trying to get them into shape! There are a lot of heritage apple trees (I live in Tasmania) and I have added some stone fruit and chestnut trees to the garden.
    The old lady who lived here before also must have loved roses, I have quite a few large specimens of those too.
    So perhaps you can see what I would do with them.
    Thanks

    Jan

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  2. Having twisted my cheap pruners to death this year I was very interested in your new ones. I had to laugh when I read what Hanno had pruned as it was exactly what I was thinking needed doing over the next few weeks -well the lemons a little later on. I live in Japan and we are finally heading into autumn after a very long summer. The passionfruit vines are in need of a huge haircut as are a lot of the shrubs. I have tried to find a supplier of the Fiskar pruners in Japan and haven't been successful yet. I'll keep trying!

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  3. Hi Rhonda
    I would love to win this giveaway!!! If not maybe I'll have to go out & buy a pair - I've been after a good pair of pruners.
    I have so many things to prune here it would take all day to list them, but my roses, oleander trees, various bushes going wild in the garden - yep they would get a workout here!
    Hope you are enjoying your break
    Thanks
    Renata:)

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  4. oh how NICE of you to open it up to those all around the world! I'm in New Zealand :-) and would use these to prune my rambling grape vine, roses, woody herbs and taking cuttings for planting. Have a great week...I really enjoy your blog!

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  5. Pruners!
    Lemon, avocado, orange, peach, roses, palms, hedges, yuccas, passionfruit ......
    The list is endlist and a good pair of pruners would make it so much easier!

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  6. I have also read that Fiskars pruners are excellent. The camellias have finished flowering and in need of a good trim - I would love to create a hedge effect and I'm sure these would be perfect for the job. So much to prune here. I'm going to show my husband the pics of Hanno using the long handled pruners as I don't want him risking life and limb any longer climbing up ladders to top out umbrella trees and pick paw paws! Just wondering what the cost of the different pruners are?

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  7. Hi Rhonda, We have recently moved to a new area with my husbands Gran and Aunty. I have been given my very own veggie patch in her garden, the garden has a lot of established fruit trees and bushes that really need a bit of TLC! as they have obviously been allowed to do their own thing for quite a while! If I won the pruners I think my DH would have the job of giving them some love to hopefully get everything back into shape!
    Can't wait for the spring so I can start planting, but in the mean time, I'm going to get very organised get planning!!! :)

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  8. Hi Rhonda
    Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great giveaway.
    Even though I would love a pair for myself - I would give these ones to my mum.

    She is an avid gardener but finds it hard to do the pruning with the old shears she has. And dad never seems to follow her instructions just right :)

    Cheers
    aeonie

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  9. We have just recently started gardening and while I don't have a need for the pruners I would love to give them to our gardening mentors for use in their orchard. Here in Alaska in order to grow most of our produce - tomatoes, peppers, corn, fruit trees, etc - you must have a greenhouse.

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  10. Hi Rhonda
    I've learned to my cost that cheap pruners are a false economy - these look just the job!
    The garden has got away from me rather this summer - too much good weather perhaps!!- but everything looks out of control and in need of a good haircut

    Gill

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  11. Rhonda we are just starting on our garden journey but the mammouth fig that came with the house could do with some pruning next year (otherwise we won't be able to get out the back gate).
    I love you blog (and the forum) so much incredibly detailed information. Thanks
    Shirley
    jotsmum(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I'd like to win this one. With my hands, a pruner which makes it easier to cut thicker branches would be welcome indeed. I'd use it for our fruit trees and various edible and ornamental shrubs.

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  13. My hubby would be thrilled to win these pruners! (he does most of the outside work and I cook the harvest!)

    Great giveaway Rhonda, and thank you for including everyone! :)

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  14. Thanks for the post on the pruners. I am need of a new pair and your advice is great! I trim all sorts of things with my pruners. Tree branches,unruly vines, Hostas and other plants when they die down for the season. I use them most during the holidays when I set out to the woods to gather my greenery for decorating. Please enter me in the giveawy. If I don't win these will be the ones I purchase. Thanks for the testing and good reviews...

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  15. hi and thanks for hosting a special gardening giveaway! we love the outdoors and are soon moving up to WA where we will have lots of fruit trees !! xo

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  16. I've heard great things about Fiskars too. And this last winter I just planted an orchard with 14 fruit trees and 11 berry bushes so I'm going to need a set of good pruners!

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  17. Hi Rhonda,
    I really love these pruners. I don't own any myself, but have tried my dads pair. I would use them to prune my rose bushes (just bought 6 new roses for my garden), and my fruit trees.
    Thanks so much for doing this giveaway.

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  18. Hi Rhonda,
    I just love this blogging world as I have learned so many things.

    Those pruners would be very handy here as I prune everything in my garden by hand not keen on power tools so I have an old push lawn mower and use hedge clippers for er, clipping the hedge! I have lots of roses to tidy up, then there is a fuschia, a lavender bush, several lavender trees, an elderberry or ten and some brambles that are encroaching from a neighbours field. It would be nice to have some decent pruners that is for sure. Thank you for giving us a chance to win these.

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  19. Oh wow. I've been wanting to try these for ages! I would use these to prune back my coffee and passionfruits up here in Brisbane. It needs doing so badly!
    Hannah

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  20. These would be a real boon for me too. Our apple trees here are much in need of some tlc, and "if" (the power of positive thought that we will soon find a buyer for this old farmhouse) we get the dream house we have offered on, it comes with half an acre garden and over 70 heritage roses (bliss!) and a fair-sized orchard and soft-fruit area too. A pair of good secateurs wouldn't go amiss . . .

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  21. I have just discovered your blog and am still reading your older posts.....I love it :-)

    I think those pruners would get a lot of use in our back garden where we have to deal with lots of overgrowth from the land behind us that grows over our fence and invades our veggie plot, (surprise,surprise it is council land!)

    Thanks for the info, might have to seriously consider the long handled ones for the huge Sycamore tree that they won't trim also :-)

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  22. Well after some months of saving to buy fruit trees for My Hubbys dream of growing his own flavoursome fruit without chemicals we have now got a great little mini orchard establishing itself.....So....We would use them to prune our fruit trees when they need it! Fingers crossed we are the lucky winners:)

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  23. Hi Rhonda

    I would love these pruners. I live in England and have a young family. I have recently taken on an allotment to grow fruit and veg for my family and it is terribly overgrown with quite a few trees and bushes. Money is tight and they would be very much appreciated if I were lucky enough to win.

    Donnax

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  24. Hi Rhonda,
    This is Tony sneaking in on Rose's ID. As you may know Rose refers to me as "the Gardener" on her blog. The Fiskars would be a boon to me. I have just started the spring pruning routine...murraya hedge, zillions of roses, lime, orange, hibiscus hedge, palms etc etc. The first palm prune last weekend required a days rest. I have arthritis in my hands and spine ( ridiculous for a young bloke like me ) so I limit my gardening to short bursts. But as they say 'use it or lose it' so I am not stopping. I have an old pair of anvil pruners, so the new bypass type would make life easier. Keep me in mind.
    Thanks
    Tony

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  25. I don't believe in grass, all that mowing! Not a blade of grass on our large corner block so there's plenty of pruning from the lilypilly hedge to bottlebrushes, citrus trees to indian hawthorn. However, I'm not putting myself in the running for the pruners, I think Jo Tomooka might need them more than me.

    Thanks for your rather awesome blog, I've been enjoying plowing my way through for a few days. You reminded me I need to make soap again!

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  26. I think I will also feel compelled to go out and buy a pair if I do not win these! They sound like just what I have been looking for.
    I have some apple trees that are badly in need of a good pruning and many many ornamental bushes that need to be pruned at least yearly. It is quite a job without a good pair of pruners. I have tried many brands and styles over the years and have not really found what is comfortable and efficient to use.
    Crossing my fingers...
    diana in Illinois
    (quilt4u@frontier.com)

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  27. I would so love to win these pruners, I'm very stingy and haven't gotten around to replacing my broken pruners from last season. They weren't an expensive pair and as they say you pay for quality. They didn't do too bad and were worked to death on raspberries, black currants, grape vines, plum, apricot, pear,lemon and apple trees, along with the hebes, roses and hibiscus.
    Still enjoying your blog after 3 years, I seldom comment but never fail to get my "dose" of Rhonda.

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  28. My grapes missed out on being pruned this year,
    Unfortunately due to lack of gear,
    Straggly and roaming out onto the street,
    I need Fiskar pruners to make them neat,
    All I need now is to get pulled from the draw,
    And I'll be snapping away like Quick Draw McGraw.

    Thanks
    Deb

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  29. This is my first year of gardening and I have no equipment of my own.

    At the moment, I water my garden with an old juice bottle, dig up flower beds with a broken trowel that I found when I moved in and prune hedges and trees with kitchen scissors. As you can imagine, it takes forever, these pruners would be a God send!

    Thanks Rhonda!

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  30. Oh how wonderfully generous of you. I would love some pruners to prune my very neglected roses. They're neglected because I need to buy some new pruners. LOL! They would also come in handy for my fruit trees. ;o)

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  31. I'd prune my lemon tree, I think its been taking steroids!

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  32. I've been making do with a $2 pair of hand pruners from Aldi and an old (blunt) pair of hedge trimmers to keep our trees under control. We've got a couple of olive trees, a lemon tree (which we recently had to borrow a chainsaw to give it its first ever prune - it was THAT out of control when we moved in), several lily pilly trees and some apple 'sticks' which I hope will one day become trees. Then there's the ornamentals - banksia, wattle, bottle brush and grevillia.
    Enough to keep me busy, and it's hard work with what I've got!

    Looking forward to your return to regular blogging.

    Jen
    http://grow-it-eat-it.tumblr.com

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  33. I have a concord grapevine that needs lots of TLC. I have learned many things from your blog! Very inspiring... keep up the good work! It's very appreciated! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway and have a great day!

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  34. What a fab giveaway! I have fruit bushes and small fruit trees and am just planning a new fruit bed so for me, I would be using pruners for these. I have a cheap pair which are fine on very thin branches but useless on anything too thick!

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  35. I would love a pair of pruners of my own. I am slowly easing into gasrdening. My daughter has a set of children's ones and they are excellent. We need to help the garden recover from my father's wild pruning...it has kept him happy though.

    It is lovely to see you being so generous and willing to send things so far away.

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  36. I am quite new to your blog but am enjoying it a lot. I prune fruit trees (apples, pears, plum, peach) and lots of things on the allotment and my garden in general. My husband breaks my pruners and I have a selection, some of which are decoys (so I keep him away from the ones I like best). Would love to win the ones you have highlighted. Helen
    www.happinesskindled.blogspot.com

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  37. It's great to have a recommendation you can trust, my old secateurs have seized up so I'm having to use great big pruning shears which get too heavy after a while. I prune everything in sight to feed my always hungry compost bin so I can keep making soil.

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  38. Hi Rhonda,
    I would love a new pair of pruning shears...I have yet to buy a good set that dont hurt my hand after using for a pruning stint. They look great...as for what I would use them for, we have rose bushes,general shrubs and some fruit trees, but most of all our block is edged with grape vines that need pruning ...the couple that lived here before us made their own wine, so we are so lucky to have a yard that is filled with vines that provide shade and greenery , as well as grapes...
    However, they do need alot of pruning and it takes a long time with the amount we have...
    As always, love reading your posts Rhonda and look forward to your return soon......
    Suzanne.

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  39. I would love a pair of these pruners. I go through them like crazy. I have many perennial beds which will be pruned back as well as apple trees and lots of raspberry plants.
    I love this blog and the forum - thank you for investing your time and sharing so much of yourself with others. It really is a blessing.
    Wendi

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  40. I love Fiskar products AND OWN A COUPLE OF SMALL PRUNERS. would love to win these and would be using them on my herb garden and roses. Very generous of to off to mail these anywhere! Love your blog.

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  41. Oh boy, what a great giveaway!
    I prune: a sour cherry tree, lilacs, a spirea, red raspberries, and a mountain ash. And my pruners are on their last legs, having been left out in the rain one too many times.

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  42. Those pruners are fantastic! What a great giveaway! I would use them to prune the butterfly bushes and holly bushes. But they would work well for so many other things that need to be trimmed back this fall.

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  43. I live on an acre and a half of land and have so many things to prune it's a little ridiculous... I have pear, apple, plum and mulberry trees and lots of smaller bushes - old roses, lilacs, hydrangeas, azaleas, holly, viburnum, and smaller perennials and herbs which also need pruning. But I also have a good pair of fiskars which I love so I think someone else should win these.

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  44. Thankyou for offering this giveway Rhonda!!
    My husband and I use pruners regulary to tame our numerous ornamental gardens, fruit trees and vegy gardens.
    I love your blog and read it regulary!
    Thankyou
    Lis..

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  45. Hi Rhonda and Hanno,

    Those pruners are wonderful! I HAD a pair of them and they seem to have walked off. They are one of those tools that once you try them you will love them.

    I used mine in the garden almost every day. They are nice for cutting veggies and even roses. I also used to keep them in the car for wild harvesting. I'm going to miss them this year when it's time to collect the wild rose hips...

    When we bought our property the never ending stone walls were all cut back with a pair of these and each spring or fall we use the clippers again to trim back the walls.

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  46. Would love to win the pruners. I have quite a few trees & bushes in my yard that i would be pruning.

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  47. We, too, are sorely in need of new pruners...and really...what doesn't need pruning around here...shrubs, fruit trees, flowering bushes...all are out of control...so...wish me luck ;-)
    Niki

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  48. Dear Rhonda, I have several large flowering bushes in my yard in need of serious pruning this year. The forsythia is threatening to take over the driveway. :) These pruners look great. I've had a pair of Fiskars' kitchen scissors for more than ten years and love them. Their products are good quality. Thanks.

    Joy (VA, USA)

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  49. I have some cheap pruners that I use on my roses and some of the time, they just don't "cut" it. Especially on thicker branches or when I need to prune for winter. I'd be glad to get these pruners and use them on my rosebushes.

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  50. We have tons of older hibiscus bushes that need a good taming. We're hoping to get a fruit tree or two in the spring, so the Fiskars would really help with those too!

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  51. Hello Rhonda, Would love to win the fiskars pruners. We are starting to get our trees and bushes ready for winter and they would be really handy to work with. I love fiskars products. I have a number of their products in my sewing room. Love your blog and good luck on your book endeaver.

    Have a great day,

    Sheila

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  52. I would love to prune some of the fruit trees we have, I am always very nervous about pruning but i guess a new tool would give me the incentive to find out more. Lisa

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  53. I love fiskars products. I have their scisors and thread snippers. I don't think they ever get dull.

    I use my off brand pruners. But, we are at the point of tearing the wood. Not trimming. Cant be good for my plants. I have roses, a grape harbor. And, I grow sunflowers. Which I cut the heads off the stems.
    Would love to win!!!!!
    thanks, Carolyn in Illinois, USA

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  54. Hi Rhonda,
    I read your blog every day and enjoy it very much. I have just boken my pruners trimming and tidying my front garden. They were inexpensive ones which only last for a short time and so aren't really that inexpensive after all, but unfortunately there are other things which need to come first. Ann

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  55. enter me please. We just bought our first house last year and boy is it in need of some tlc. We have lots of pruning to do as the last owners were obviously not the gardening types. This being our first house we have had to buy all sorts of equipment and already had a lawn mower stolen :( so we would love a visit from the garden tool fairy!

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  56. Hello Rhonda,
    I would love to win the pruners! I would trim all of my overgrown shrubs that are planted around my house. They need it so badly! My last pruners broke two summer seasons ago and I haven't gotten around to replacing them yet.
    Gratitude from Wisconsin, USA.
    Amanda

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  57. My goodness... I live in the USA, so we have all sorts of pruning to do being autumn and all. The sage bushes, the garden, the bushes...and my pruners broke in June!

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  58. What *wouldn't* I prune would be more the question, lol!! Roses, fruit trees, passionfruit and the vines that encroach from the neighbours back yard, to start with!!! At 34, I have arthritis in my hands that makes pruning a painful undertaking, and these sound perfect. I'm very appreciative of a tested, honest review, thanks Rhonda!!

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  59. Thank you for your review and for your generosity! I would use these pruners on all the fruit trees and natives growing in the garden of our first home. We've been here nearly 2 years and everything is growing beautifully. I'll need a good pruning book recommendation too, please! :)

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  60. Hi Rhonda,

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win such a wonderful item. Hubby and I would put them to good use in our yard. Could be pruning back the roses or multiple lilac bushes that we have. We also have a pair of butterfly bushes that need cut back for the year and hubby can't find the old cheap pair of pruner's to do the job. So you see I could really use them.

    Thanks for thinking of us
    NanaB

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  61. Hi Rhonda
    This is such a generous giveaway.
    I am planning on doing some very serious pruning in time for our bulk refuse collection. We have a pine hedge that I am planning to prune off at the ground. ; ) I want to plant some fruit trees in the space as it get beautiful sun and I thought it would be a more useful thing to do with the space.
    Thanks

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  62. It's very kind of you to open this up to readers everywhere--thank you! :) We would use them to prune rosemary, a tangelo tree, our hibiscus, and various other plants throughout the yard. Those are the big three that come to mind (esp. the rosemary--it's gotten taller than I am, and needs a final prune for the year before long). We've been making do with a pair we inherited from my grandmother when she passed about six years ago, but honestly they weren't great to start with, and now they're more sentimental than useful.

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  63. Wow, I can think of a million places to use them, as my old ones are getting rusty and give me an aching hand each time I use them. We're just entering fall here in Texas, so I will have a lot of perennials to prune back soon, and after that will be all my native grasses. I could really use a good pair of ergonomic pruners for that!

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  64. Wonderful giveaway.
    I don't want the pruners - I have excellent Felco's - but congratulations to whoever wins them because Fiskars are a fabulous brand of very good quality! I have a Fiskars pruning saw and couldn't rate it any higher!
    Good Luck to all.

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  65. Fiskars makes great tools! I have a saw of theirs, and it makes surprisingly quick work of cutting down saplings or removing substantial limbs. With pruners like these, I would work on the multitude of volunteer pecans in our yard - we moved into a house that had been neglected for many years and then flipped, and it's still got a lot of weedy tree growth in the flower beds.

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  66. I would use them to prune our bushes in the front yard. The pruners I currently have are very hard on my hands. Thanks so much for including us in the US as well!

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  67. We have raspberry bushes that need pruning yet this fall. My current pruners are duct taped together.

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  68. Hi
    I am a long time lurker and occasional commenter here. Thank you so much for organising giveaway for the pruners. Our pruners are over 30 years old and have definitely seen better days! They are well used by my daughter's family and also by my son's family. We have an allotment and try to produce as much of our own food as we can and live fairly simply. A new pair of pruners would get shared around the family as the current pair is - but would do the job better. Thank you again.

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  69. I would *love* these clippers. I have been blessed with not one but two pairs of fiskars clippers, and they ARE over 20 years old. One is a clipper and the other is snippers.

    They have been my right hand in my garden for over 10 years, and in my in laws for many years before that. They really need to be retired, but they really ARE long lived well made products.

    I use them daily to trim tomatoes, pick peppers, cut basil and chard... you know, garden :)

    Thanks,

    Kathy

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  70. This is SO what we need! I'd start with the old lilac bushes we have on our property. There is much dead wood in them and these pruners would do the trick.

    I'd also use them on the eight rose bushes that line our cabin...Some small trees were planted too close to our house before we moved here. I need to prune them - especially to keep them from rubbing against the screens in the window...

    I hope! I hope! Thanks for your generous give away!

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  71. Hi there! This is the first time I have commented but I have been reading your blog for a while and I love it! I would love to win these pruners. Every year we try to plant one more thing in our yard that is edible. This year it will be a grapevine. A good set of pruners will come in handy as we increase our fruit bearing plants! I would also use these pruners to help maintain our existing blueberry and blackberry bushes. I could also use a good pair of pruners in the veggie garden for the tomato and pepper plants.

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  72. I love me a good set of pruners!

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  73. Lovely giveaway! I would prune my grapevines and my sandcherry bushes!

    Kristina

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  74. WOW, both types of pruners look very nice! I would love to be entered into the drawing. I would use them to prune my rose bushes and smaller sprigs on our baby trees and shrubs. Thank you so much for thinking of your blog readers when contacting them! I can't wait to hear how the winner also enjoys their new pruners!!!

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  75. These would be a great addition to my small, fledging gardening supply closet! My projects are not as ambitious as some: pruning roses, a few decorative bushes that came with the house, and seeing how they fair against small dogwood branches.

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  76. Hi Rhoda,
    These would come very handy as we need to prune the bushes that are near the fence. Also the orange trees, though they aren't yet very tall (we planted them last year), need some pruning.
    Thank you!

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  77. Oh my!! I can't tell you how many pairs of twisted pruners are in my shed. I have many, many different bushes and small trees that could use a good pruning. My lilacs are just going wild, but the old pruners won't even cut the 3/4 inch stems... I'd love to see these beauties come my way.

    Thank you for your wonderful posts. You always give food for thought and I love it.
    Yvette

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  78. If I win the pruners,I will use them to prune the plants in my yard. It is autumn here now so there is a lot to be done!
    Thank you for your lovely blog. You have taught me so much and I always look forward to reading it.
    xoxo ~ Julie

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  79. I had a pair of their hand pruners that somehow were misplaced. I agree that they are the BEST pruners! I would use them to give my lilac bush and mock cherry shrub a trim. I would also use them to cut my peonies down to the ground. I find that I use hand pruners often.

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  80. I have used a smaller set of Fiskars for about 5 years now. And I stand by their durability. I have abused these terribly, dropped them, left them out in the weather, both bitter below temps and rain, and they are still sharp and cut clean.
    I have arthritis very badly in the hands and spine, and these set in my hand wonderfully and are balanced, I have small hands and my fingers can curl around them and they fit. When you cut, they stay balanced in your hands.
    I don't want to be in the giveaway, but I do want the world to know that these do stand up to the punishment that gardeners do put their tools through.
    Good luck everyone and thank you Rhonda for your wonderful blog and gifts.
    Regards from the US
    Denimflyz

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  81. I've been reading about these Fiskars tools elsewhere on the web, and they sound wonderful. We have a lot of flowering shrubs, roses, vines and fruit trees on our small suburban lot that could be trimmed/pruned with these.

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  82. Thank you for both the recommendation of the Fiskars pruners as well as the generous giveaway offer! I have a pair of vintage pruners that I purchased at a thrift shop and have used for years, but sadly they have been sharpened so many times over the years that they are now worn to a nub nearly. So if I won the Fiskars I would use them for all of my pruning - from my indoor plants to the bougainvillea that routinely threatens to take over the west side of my fence! Karin

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  83. I just recently found your blog and I'm enjoying each visit I make and I'm seeing new things to do while I visit. I feel right at home and wish I could have some chickens that would roam about my land too. I don't have a big plot of land it;s "Almost an Acre Farm" :o)
    but there is always plenty to do with what I have and a pair of Fiskars would come in handy for a few jobs I do.
    Ginny

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  84. This is a product I would use a lot. I have lots of trees and bushes to prune and I am using 2 hand pruners that I bought for $2.00 at the Thrift Store. Sometimes I have to squeeze them closed and yank to get the branch to break off!!

    I Love your blog and have learned a lot from it.

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  85. Actually, if I won, I would give these to my mother-in-law. She loves to garden, but she has arthritis in her hands, so maybe these would make her work a little easier!

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  86. I have a golden elder tree/bush that dies back to the ground in many of our hard winters. That means I have to trim it down to the ground most years. That would guarantee some good use of pruners. Roses and the neighbour's hedge that always creeps into my veggie garden is also regularly pruned from my side.

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  87. I'd love a to prune the necterine and peach trees over our back fence. These poor neglected trees still bear fruit but need some TLC. I had a chat with the neighbour about what to do. Unfortunetly he pruned them with his chainsaw. I have offered it to do it for him at the end of this season. But it'll take more than one year for those trees to recover.

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  88. We use our "snips" daily for our handwork shop, cutting branches to create our toys and rustic decor. My husband uses his to trim the small branches to make hooks and just so much more.
    Thank you!

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  89. Thanks for the opportunity Rhonda. I really enjoy reading your blog.

    I am slowly taming my wild garden. My pruners are not working that well, and a new pair is on the to buy list when I can. Pruning here - roses, fruit trees and cuttings for my new propagation skills.

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  90. Being a new homeowner, I have discovered that my old pruners are just not up to the task of taming the rosebushes (7 and counting; it's a jungle and I haven't yet figured out many individual plants there are), fruit trees (nectarine, lemon, and jujube), and other trees that have gone crazy in the two years that our new house was on the market and vacant. (I live in California)

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  91. Hi Rhonda,
    I have 3 trees, a rosebush, and lots of lilacs that I would trim. Thanks for doing this giveaway!

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  92. What would I prune?

    EVERYTHING! My pruners are so blunt that every job turns into a wrestling match between me and the plant.

    I'd prune the chickens' wings. (Only joking. My scissors are sharp enough for that.)

    I'd prune everything that didn't have the sense to get out of my way. (Come to think of it, my youngest son needs a haircut....)

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  93. Hi Rhonda,
    This is a great giveaway! But I'm almost embarrassed to say what I'll use them for - trimming the hooves of my sheep. It was the rolling action you mentioned that made me think they would be perfect - maybe my wrist won't hurt so much at the end of the job. I'm sure I'd use them in the garden, too (after a good sharpening after hoof trimming)!
    Best to you and your family,
    Mimi

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  94. Hi Rhonda,
    How exciting about a giveaway! Thanks for thinking to ask Fiskars about a freebie :)
    I would prune our orange, lemon and mandarin tree, and also our rose bushes.

    I missed you while you were gone this week. Glad the birthday celebrations went well.

    Miriam

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  95. My daughter and I live in the UK and have a long garden that is enclosed by hedging, which is really tall... about 12 feet tall! It makes our garden very private and secluded...a bit like The Secret Garden. We also have trees and evergreens which are 'taking over' and encroaching inwards. Makes it easier for the spiders to criss cross their webs from one side to the other! Daughter hates spiders and there is often the odd scream to be heard from the back when she ventures there! lol I've got rheumatoid arthritis and gardening is hard when the old joints hurt, so I'm all for any gadget that helps make life easier. We'd like to prune back the big stuff so we can make room for some fruit and veg planting and maybe have some chickens. We sometimes have birds nesting in the hedging, so I don't want to overdo the trimming and cutting back with a clumsy electric strimmer. We've got blackberries growing through the hedging and my daughter loves these but can't always get to them because they've been naughty and grown wild, prickly and high.
    Would be nice to get them to behave! lol

    Wish we could grow lemons here but our climate is unsuitableo.

    Daughter wants to plant a flower garden..a fragrant one. She loves flowers and has already bought herself a rose plant..nicknamed it Petal, bless her:o)

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  96. I'd love the extra long handles on the Fiskars Pruners, so we could do much more of our own garden maintenance-we live with high native trees on our block, and have a continual problem balancing protection of native vegetation with lopping for fuel reduction andd bush fire protection. As we get older, it is much harder for us to use ladders, and calling in professional tree loppers is very expensive.

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  97. This is so generous of you, Rhonda :)I am in England - we have much rain so everything grows ... a lot! So pruners get a lot of use! Roses need constant trimming, buddleia needs hacking back. Annuals and perennial flowers need constant tidying. Box and laurel and other evergreens need to be kept in shape all year round. I love gardening. I need pruning shears that are easy to use.
    Lynn.

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  98. having read you blog for the past year I have finally taken the first step and the family policy this year is to only grow plants that produce some kind of crop. The children love it and my Dad has taken a new interest in the garden. Would love to enter the draw and try out the pruners. I do hope the book is going well but missing your regular notes.
    regards from Spain

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  99. What a kind offer - the pruners would be used daily to snip greens for the chooks, cut the newly emerging asparagus spears and to bring the lemon tree back into some semblance of order. And after that, the next round of jobs. Always something in the garden requiring TLC.

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  100. Fiskars have wonderful scissors so I'm sure their outdoor pruners are winners, too. I would use the pruners for cutting back my raspberry bushes, lavender plants and other garden perrennials. The one I use now is quite large with wooden handles; they were my grandpa's!

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  101. Hi Rhonda,
    when my marriage broke down almost 3 years ago I realised I needed to save every penny I could and get myself a little house with some land so I could provide for myself and my children. I found a little cottage on a level quarter acre with not a stick on it - perfect! The first thing I did was plant 10 fruit trees and an almond tree for our future. That was almost 2 years ago and now those little sticks are taller than me and blossoming. I haven't yet purchased a ladder so those long pruners would be used to prune my beautiful fruit trees. Have a wonderful day, and thanks for sharing yourself with us. Madeleine

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  102. Oh dear Rhonda, I hope you're doing a draw for these Fiskars pruners - there are 100 legitimate requests for the giveaway and I’m about to make it 101! I don’t know how you’d ever choose.

    Like many others, I have (just planted) 6 fruit trees in my new garden, and by autumn I’ll be needing some pruners.

    Thank you for the review, I really didn’t know which brand to go for but these Fiskars seem a good bet and I'll be telling Santa all about them. Do you think you could ask Hanno to help you with a post about keeping pruners and tools clean and sharp? Thank you

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  103. Oh, the thought of owning pruners that actually do a good job! I pruned my rose bushes recently using a combination of my small and large ones, and it took forever! There's also a number of other plants in the front garden that could do with a good prune but I keep avoiding it because my arms and hands hurt so much afterward! I think they'd definitely come in handy around here...

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity :-)

    Anna x

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  104. We have a large garden where there is always some sort of pruning required - citrus, roses and several other shrubs that get out of hand if not regularly trimmed.
    The thing that appeals to me is that you mentioned they were good for people with arthritis - both my husband and I suffer with arthritis in our hands so the Fiskars pruners sound like they would be ideal in our situation.

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  105. Thank you Rhonda for a great giveaway.
    I recently bought a nectarine tree and will be adding a peach tree next pay period. This will be the foundation of my tiny homestead in a small town orchard. Next spring I plan to add fig, plum, pear and maybe apple trees too. All the trees will be either dwarf or semi-dwarf. The pruners would be very useful.

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  106. The hand pruners look wonderful. I use hand pruners on everything, or just about, around the yard. Raspberries, blueberries, flower garden, veggie garden, shrubs that are small enough. Whenever I am out and about in the yard, I have my hand pruners with me. I didn't know that Fiskars made these ~ I am sure they do work wonderfully as my sewing scissors sure do. Great give-a-way! thanks Eliza J

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  107. I would love to be entered in the giveaway. I would prune my crazy snowball bushes (which my MIL so thankfully pruned for me this year--but they're bigger now than they were), as well as my big wild rose bush, and probably a few other out-of-control shrubs around the place!
    Take care,
    ~Melanie in Canada

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  108. Rhonda,
    I would use the pruners for trimming my lilacs, forsythia, cherry tree, pear tree, rose of Sharon, and various evergreens around my property. I have several pair of Fiskars scissors (sewing shears, craft, and kitchen shears) and also a pair of ergonomic shears. I have had all of these for many years, and absolutely love them, so I am sure the pruners would work equally well.

    --Barbara

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  109. I think I have tried most brands of pruners under the sun but none have lasted more than two years, but I haven't tried fiskars, I would love to give them a try, my husband would be very grateful as a few have zoomed past him when I have thrown them in discust :)

    Toni

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  110. Hi Rhonda,
    I have very seldom posted but I have been reading your blog since the summer of 2008. I found it when we were living in our camper while building our house. Well, we are in our house now in the middle of 100 acres of trees. We are trying to clean, clip, rake, trim, mulch the trees and underbrush and weeds etc. all around our house. So we can plant some flowers, berry bushes and fruit trees and grapevines etc.next spring. We definitely have our work cut out for us this winter but am looking forward to the final product.

    Thanks!

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  111. So love your blog!
    What would I do with the pruners - everything! We have a very large over grown yard on the edge of town, that needs serious attention to turn it back into the lovely place it once was.

    They would be most helpful with the many roses and grapevines that the previous owners planted.

    Our place had set empty for two years before we purchased it, so there is lots to do!

    Looking forward to purchasing anything you have published!

    Blessings from the middle of the U.S.

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  112. Hi Rhonda,
    thanks for the great review. I'm not surprised to hear that Fiskars do good pruning shears, I have a pair of Fiskars scissors for dress-making and they're so excellent that I always make sure they're never abused and only used for the job they're intended for to keep them in good shape.

    I'd love to win the shears because they'd be so useful for when we imminently move house and have a whole new garden of our own to tame. We're currently renting and have been trying to sell our house long-distance for the last 2.5 years - thought today was the day but have just been contacted by the solicitor to say the sale's fallen through. Eech, tough times.

    But staying positive - your blog's been a great read, extremely educational and a real crutch to help while things have been a bit tight. Many thanks! If I could get home to tend my garden for re-marketing I'd be mostly pruning escalonia, berberis, roses, holly, lavender, rosemary, sage, oregano, thyme, heather, spirea, fir.. I miss my old garden!

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  113. I would use them to prune my roses Rhonda.Fiskars also make good craft scissors and snips.

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  114. Oh for some new pruners! I just love pruning at this time of year - and my old ones have nearly had it. I would be finishing off lots of little jobs with some new ones - like some NZ umbrella which has got way out of hand, some rose bushes, a few odd branches on the citrus trees, the snowflake trees, rosemary, lavender and a few more!
    You have cetainly given the Fiskars a good wrap and I'll keep that in mind if I do purchase some. I recently bought a little Fiskars mini-mattock and I love it. Very handy and light to carry around. I didn't think I would ever recommend plastic over wood, but this is very good.

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  115. That is an awesome giveaway! I use my pruners (don't know what brand they are) on everything, from green wood (little suckers) to my ever-growing-non-stop rosemary bush to my flowers in my front yard (roses and jasmine included). My current pair keeps jumping springs (the spring in the handle keeps jumping from within), and so I haven't yet come across a pair I think would be worthy of my old one's retirement. After your review... I think I may have found one. Thank you for reviewing them so well!

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  116. I would continue to try to keep my neighbor's blackberry overgrown yard from advancing on my own small plot, right through the wooden privacy fence, and taking over the winter vegetables. I can't go over and dig the (invasive, introduced) blackberry plants up, so I just have to keep lopping and pruning. Ironically, at the moment, I am borrowing her pruners periodically for this task!
    I'd also work on an arborvitae hedge out front, and some climbing roses by the door.

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  117. I could use some new Fiskars to trim my rose bushes. Thanks for the opportunity to win some.

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  118. would love a shot at winning a new pair of pruners. I love the other Fiskar garden items I have! As always, Rhonda, thank you for inspiration every day!

    Debbie
    central Illinois

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  119. We bought a house a year ago and have since planted grape vines, dwarf apple trees, a hardy peach, a cherry tree, hardy kiwi, blueberries, currants, gooseberry, a number of native perennials, hazelnuts and a large veggie and herb garden. Next spring we're going to have a lot of pruning to do and I'd love to put those Fiskers to good use. :)

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  120. Wow, you sure got a alot of comments! Fiskers is a wonderful durable brand. Here in the US they are known for quality cutters. From sewing scissors to childrens first scissors to garden trimmers.

    I'd love to enter for a pair. My hand trimmers are cheap and dull.

    You can find me at bmhallfam@sbcglobal.net

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  121. Hello Rhonda,
    This is a very generous giveaway - thank you very much for giving us all the opportunity to enter!
    Three years ago we came from drought stricken country NSW to lush (by comparison) Tasmania to be closer to my ageing parents- and inherited a (somewhat overgrown) garden once part of the open garden scheme. (Yes, when we arrived and I saw so much green, I just cried). So that is what I would use these pruners on - roses, fruit trees etc. Gardening is a real passion for me, we are all learning and working together as a family and the children have their own special garden areas. At present we are beginning to expand the back area to include more fruit trees, berries, vegetables and a chicken tractor etc. We are discovering you don't need a vast amount of room, just some imagination and planning .... So much fun! Have a wonderful day ...
    Rebecca.

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  122. Hi Rhonda,

    I love pruning after a stressful day at work! I prune the lemon tree and the ivy that gets out of control of our fence, and also this bush that I have no idea what it is, but it just keeps growing! Ahh I love to prune....
    Regan

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  123. We have a lot of shrubs and trees along our fence line, so these would be wonderful for trimming the shrubs. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  124. We have a set of the long handled ones, which are absolutely brilliant. The first thing I'd do with the hand pruners is put my name on them, so I wouldn't have to fight my husband for them everytime we work in the garden... LOL! Then I'd take care of the climber that keeps trying to take over the clothes line :)

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  125. Hi Rhonda,
    I would love to win the pruners as I would finally be able to prune the many wild rose bushes, lower branches of granny smith apple trees, cherry plum trees and various other overgrown plants around here.

    Cheers!

    Paula

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  126. Hello Rhonda,
    How lovely that you have had so many entries for the Fiskar's. I remember when you couldn't buy Fiskar scizzors in Australia and the ladies from our sewing group got a bulk order brought out with a friend who was visiting Ausstralia from the US. They all loved the quality of their scizzors and the fact that they had such a good guarantee. I would like to enter your giveaway as they would be wonderful for pruning our 80 roses and the small shrubs we have in our garden. Thank you for your kindness in sponsoring this giveaway and I hope you and Hanno have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing your next post. Good luck to every one who has entered.

    Blessings Gail

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  127. I badly need some new pruners - my old faithfuls are over 25 years old. BLUSH

    I prune roses, fruit trees & cut up clippings for compost.

    Love Leanne NZ

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  128. What a wonderful wonderful giveaway, I would love to have a pair. I moved a couple of yrs ago and during one of my trips to move household items, somebody came and helped themselves to ALL of my gardening items. As I didn't have a yard when I moved in and had planned to put one in myself, I thought slowly but surely, well it has been a little slower than planned! However, just a little more time for sewing & crocheting :)

    Thanks so much !!
    Karen

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  129. Greetings!

    I found your blog three days ago. I read it every free moment and I am working my way back - I am now in October 2009 and have every intention of reading the entire blog. I've made so many notes.

    Please enter me in the give-a-way. Most will laugh to know that after a full summer of gardening on our new farm, the only pruners I own came from Target, several years ago, and barely work. Ha! I guess they are just one of those things I never get around to buying...

    Thank you for the wonderful blog. I am learning so much!

    Farmer

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  130. I use a pair of cheaper fiskars pruners at the moment, but they are not doing so well - too much use I suspect! These really look good and solid and I suspect would last a long time. I would use the pruners to continually cut back the bouganvillea and hibiscus branches that grow on my and my neighbours fence. She is in her seventies and I like to keep it looking neat and tidy for her. (and me!)

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  131. I usually balk at the price of these pruners, but they sound like they are worth the money. The grape vines are my bug-bare - I usually get blisters after pruning them. And then there's the roses, fruit trees, and just general clean-ups around our 5 acres.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    Faye in Pinjarra W.Aust

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  132. My husband would love these.:)

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  133. Hi Rhonda

    Please enter me in your giveaway draw. I seem to constantly buy garden tools and then leave them somewhere in the garden, never to be seen again. So I would be pruning....well pretty much everything!

    Cheers

    Nicola

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  134. Good evening Rhonda, We could certainly use some new pruners. I would firstly set to work on the Michelia Champaca (himilayan magnolia) just to trim a little overhang right now... probably not a good time in theory, but our driveway is a little too thick. Next i would trim/prune the tiger grass and the fountain grasses as they do need a good cut back, then just a general tip here and there. The echium is almost in need of a good cut back...sorry to see this beauty finish and probably a little soon here, but we can thank the rain for that. Happy weekend :)

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  135. Hi Rhonda - I love your blog and my latest frugal living change is to make soap using your recipe. I have a tiny city hillside garden but manage to grow all our green veg 6 mths a year and some fruit using pots etc and constantly juggling - rest of the year its a bit of everything, including herbs etc - I try and put something on our plate every night from the garden even if its only parsley. I try and encourage others with gifts of saved seeds, home grown plants, preserves etc. I would use the pruners for our fruit plants mostly. Love your work !

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  136. Hi Rhonda,

    I have just recently found your blog and love it! I am 28 and our first baby is now almost 6 months old. We are brand new to gardening and trying to make our backyard more liveable but on one income (my husband is a teacher) we cannot afford much in the way of 'extras'. We would use these pruners to cut back our lemon and lime tree and to neaten up a big tree at the back of our yard to make some space for the little pair of feet that will be running around in it in the not too distant future!

    Thanks for a great blog and lots of tips that I am trying to put into practice so that I can stay at home with my baby for as long as I can.

    Lucy :)

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  137. Hello Rhonda....
    We have a running joke in our family about my dad - who gets through lots of pruners... he prunes anything and everything in his garden - my poor mother has given up trying to get anything to grow!.... If I won these pruners, they would be for me :-) ... for my cherry trees, fruit bushes and hedges....
    Really enjoy your blog Rhonda - so inspiring.
    Cheers,
    Helen
    (from the Welsh borders)

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  138. How wonderful that you were given pruners and pruners to share! If I had good pruners, I would reclaim my rasberry patch and prune the small fruit trees as folks say should be done (although all of it produces fruit even when not pruned)

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  139. Well I wasn't going to join (since I live on the other side of the world), but I could really use a pair of pruners so I will.

    I recently moved to a new house. We are planting fruit trees, blueberries, raspberries, and gooseberries. It sounds like we have a large yard, but it is a small city lot, in fact I live in a townhouse so I share the lot with friends. Much of the ornamentals will be useful including a small section of clumping bamboo in the shady side strip. They will help me trellis up my vegetables on the sunny side of the house. Needless to say pruners would be very useful as my old ones are dying.

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  140. We have lots of tree starts (thanks to my neighbor's elm trees) and are constantly cutting and trimming around our yard. These would be great! Love your blog--thanks to you I'm now making my own laundry soap and loving it.

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  141. These would come in handy as we're coming into fall now and I've gots of pruning to do. There's really so much to prune but I would say that since roses are huge this year as are my Butterfly Bushes those would be the first two. Thanks for hosting such a wonderful giveaway!

    Manuela

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  142. I would use them to keep the garden in check...clean up the clematis at the end of the season, tomato suckers that inevitably escape, various overgrown vines on the back fence and woody herbs. I've been making do with a pair of scissors and would love to have something more up to the task!

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  143. Hello Rhonda, So glad you will be back soon! I would love to win these since we have about an 1/2 acre of land here and i also take care of my mom/dad (both who are sick) land and they own about 1acre themselves!! These would be so handy for me and save me lots of time rather than using the only other set we have which have about outlived their live span. lol Well enjoy your day and even if I don't win I will be saving to buy some when I can afford to! thanks, terri

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  144. I'd like to be entered into your pruner drawing ~ How generous of you! I would use them to prune my raspberry bushes. We've been growing raspberries in our garden for 3 yrs. We started w/ 36 starts from a friend. They are ever-bearing, which means they potentially can bear fruit all summer & fall. Each yr we try a different technique as far as pruning, etc...Last yr we pruned them in the fall to about 4 inches. They have grown all summer & are now ready for harvest. I made jam from the juice last yr & this year I'm making more juice to put in the freezer. I LOVE GROWING MY OWN FOOD! :) THANKS Rhonda

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  145. Well... the first thing that I would prune would be the very rampant clematis that is growing on my garage, it has gone so mad it is like a triffid growing inside the garage and yesterday it was reported that the garage door could not be closed because of "my plant". And then the pruners would live in my pocket - a little snip here and there and then a good old hack at something to revive it! Oh yes, I would love to have these

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  146. Hi, The pruners sound great - not a bad price either. I have recently bought a property with over 100 fruit trees that have not been looked after. So lots of pruning is required. I have stopped buying cheap and nasty tools as they just get thrown out after 1 season so good quality is the only way to go. Thanks

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  147. Hi Rhonda,

    I came across your blog a couple of weeks ago and I really loved it. I am trying your recipies and reading a lot from the archive. I am gonna have my first own garden in two months and I would love to have good tools for the garden. In spring I will start with planting my own fruit trees and vegies. I will share them with my friends, as we do with a lot of tools. We don't want to buy tools for everyone of us if we can borrow it.

    Thank you for your blog, your generocity and this wonderfull giveaway.

    Patty
    (The Netherlands)

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  148. Good morning Rhonda (and everyone else). Happy spring time here in Australia. I am new at this pruning and becoming more self sufficient. So far what I have pruned have been: the apple tree (which has not been pruned for many years), rose bushes, some bushes (not too sure what their name is) that are used as a hedge. I have just planted a lemon and a lime tree, blackberry, blueberry and a goji berry plant. When pruning our hedges we borrowed the neighbours which was this brand and they were great to used. My current little hand pruner is not a good one. Thank you for the recommendation as this pruner. If I don't 'win' I will ask Santa for them as a Christmas present. Have a great day. Pauline

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  149. Sorry, nothing original here, I would use them for pruning rose bushes and fruit trees. If they work well, maybe the job will actually happen instead of being put in the too hard basket ;)

    cheers,
    Helen

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  150. Hi Rhonda,
    I have been reading your blog for about six months and i check each day and i have learned alot from each post.
    I would love the pruners as i have many roses bushes, but each time I need to prune them, I don't own any pruners so I have to drive to my parents house to borrow theirs. It only becomes a problem when we want to garden on the same day :-)
    Thanks
    Kelly M.

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  151. Hi Rhonda - I have huge bounganvilleas in my yard and a small orange tree from my neighbors that lean over the fence. Maybe I can use the Fiscars to trim them?
    Can't wait!
    Choose me!
    Ruth

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  152. Oooh,pick me fatcat,pick me PLEASE!Pretty please with cherries on top of the icecream?

    I too have heard a lot about these pruners & would so love to win these ones as I have a very el cheapo pair which are not doing a very good job with anything I cut.I would so love to christian this Fiskar's brand on my now thriving mulberry tree.I also have some very unruly Cottonwood shrubs which could do with a decent haircut too.

    Goodluck everyone..:)

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  153. Hi Rhonda, what a lovely thing to do...give away pruners. There is nothing like a good pair of pruners to make your job easier in the garden. I have an old pair but don't remember the brand. They were very inexpensive ones I bought when I first started gardening and while I still use them I could use a new pair and I know Fiskars is a good brand. I use their scissors for my quilting projects and love them. Thanks again for such a great give-away.

    Myra
    Pittsburgh, PA

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  154. My mother and I do our own yard work - she is almost 80 and we won't say how old I am. We have fruit trees (pears, figs, guavas, persimmons, peach, orange, lemon, lime, tangerine, clementine, satsuma, grapefruit, kumquat, etc.) shrubs, flowers galore including roses, etc. There is more than we can handle, so need good tools. The old pruners we have are in sad condition. We would be happy to win and try out these tools. People are always asking my mother for gardening advice, so it is worth the trial. mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  155. what a fun giveaway! i would prune the forsythia bushes beside our house. the kids like us to keep the bottoms pruned so that in the spring they can make their forts there under the yellow blossoms. thanks for the opportunity! ;)

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  156. Hello Rhonda.
    I fear my comment may be lost among the multitude of entries on here! I almost do not want to attempt this giveaway as there are many deserving people who have left their stories before me. I will try not to ramble as I know you have a lot of entries to read, but that is not always an easy thing for me!
    My name is Emma and I am a 21 year old disability pensioner from Parkes in NSW, and my partner David and I just bought our first home, a beautiful brick cottage. We managed to get to this stage by very simple living, which is kind of a necessity as David is my fulltime carer, so money is beyond tight, especially now that we have the house to pay off (but why sink your money into renting and live in someone elses dream home?). We moved in just a month ago and the gardens are a MESS. There are sharp prickly hedges and brambly vines growing over much of the yard, and just about everything is dead. The grass can't grow in a lot of spots because there is no sunshine reaching it underneath all the overgrown dead vines! We can't send our jack russell puppy out to play as we are afraid of her getting caught up. I'm not afraid of taking on the job, I just don't have the tools to do it. I am buying several gardening implements but if I can remove pruning shears from this list of expenses it would really make a difference (as even the smallest things do.)
    So I sincerely hope you would consider David and I for your giveaway, and hope that either way they go to a worthy recipient who can get some joy out of them :)
    Have a lovely day, and thankyou for the opportunity to enter.

    Emma

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  157. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great giveaway! This is my second year of gardening and I have no equipment of my own.

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  158. Hi Rhonda,
    Well, those pruners would be one of my most important life tools! They'd feed my family by cutting my lemons for tangy lemon curd and cordial, they'd snip the rhubarb for crumble and to make pots of peach-n-rhubarb jam, they'd prune the apple tree to help her grow beautiful apples for my husband's favourite pie, they'd cut sweet smelling roses to cheer me on a blue day, they'd clean up my broccoli 'tree' to cut-n-come again for yet another year--and
    we'd both be very happy together doing what we each do best in this big garden at our home!
    Thanks for all you share with us. Janet :-)

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  159. As I have developed RA, it makes it very difficult to garden but I love gardening. I would love this pair so it would make it easier for me to trim our shrubs and rose bushes. Also, we have a couple of trees that send up succors, that need to be trimmed.
    I just want to tell you how much I have enjoyed your blog. Getting ready for retirement and very interested in living a simpler, more down-to-earth life.

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  160. Hi Rhonda..pruner giveaway..yea:) I have prickly cotoneaster shrubs to prune, I would definetly use them for that as well as for other trees and shrubs.
    So winning these would be great!!

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  161. Hi Rhonda. It's great to know when a product lives up to expectations or exceeds them. Thanks for keeping us informed.

    We moved onto some land that has beautiful, older bushes - Rose of Sharon, lilac, pussywillows, mock orange, to name a few. Unfortunately, they haven't been trimmed in several years. I know it needs to be done but the thought is almost overwhelming. Where do I start? How do I start? What tool to use? In the fall? Spring? I wonder how big these will get before I take action? lol...Carol

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  162. Thanks for the opportunity and the great review. I have rose bushes that I would prune with the new Fiskars. My last pair has rusted closed.

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  163. I've used Friskars at my summer job (I work at a local hothouse and use their pruners a lot on the trees, scrubs, and other plants as needed.) I love the ease of use, and have often wanted to get a pair for my own trees at home. I have a small orchard of apple and cherry trees I've started, and this year, I had some trouble as I didn't have good pruners to use on them.
    Love your blog! ~ Laura of Willowcliffe

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  164. I would love to win the pruners, so that I pass them along to my soon-to-be 95 years old Mom. Mom still lives independently and delights in her garden and feeding the birds that visit daily. Although she now get some help with the heavier aspects of gardening now, she still delights in preparing for a colourful show every year. She gets as much pleasure from then sharing her abundance at the Seniors' Centre, church, and with neighbourhood friends. She has a birthday coming up in November, and it would be a hoot to share the story of winning pruners from AUSTRALIA for her. She'd be thrilled and taken aback all at the same time.

    I enjoy your blog, and try to incorporate your suggestions to make life simpler, yet enjoy its bounty simultaneously.

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  165. Fiskars is such a good brand! I would definitely use these to trim house plants as well as those potted outside and even tomato and garden plants. Wonderful giveaway!

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  166. Oh they do look good. I have a ton of uses for a good pruner...Roses, fruit trees, berry fruit. I'll have to see if the garden centre here sells them.

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  167. With all of the rain we have had here this summer, (well a lot for Arizona) my pomegranate tree is in need of pruning, along with the little leaf cordias, honeysuckle and queens wreath vines. Now that the weather has cooled down, it is time to get back out in the garden. I enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for all of the great tips!

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  168. Nothing better for a gardener than a good set of tools. Thank you Rhonda for you fantasic blog it keeps us all motivated...Donna from the gong.

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  169. Wow, I have used Fiskars scissors for sewing and quilting for years but didn't know they have pruners as well! I know they will be an excellent tool, based on my other Fiskar experiences. I would use them to prune out the suckers around my crabapple tree and clear out the young maple trees that keep popping up in my perennial garden and hedges.

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  170. I'm from the UK so just entering Autumn, and everything needs pruning :-) Roses, roses and more roses, hotly followed by mahonia, clematis, cistus, viburnum, lavender, rosemary and so much more. I can only dream of lemon trees needing to be pruned. I'd love to win your giveaway, my pruners are not the best and require a lot of effort to do a not very good job.

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  171. I would love to win the pruners! I have some wicked rose bushes that I could really use them on. I, too, have tried every pruner available and most of them are not worth 2 cents!! Fiskars IS a very good name, I love their scissors!

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  172. How lovely!
    I do think my honey could use them in our garden. He does most of the trimming!

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  173. The pruners look like they would work on anything in my yard. The roses, red twig dogwoods, deadheading flowers, etc. I haven't read your blog much but it looks very inviting and full of useful information. Now that winter is coming I will be able to spend more time here! Thanks for the fun of the giveaway!

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  174. G'Day Rhonda,

    How thoughtful of you to obtain a pair of Fiskars pruner and offer it as a give away. As to what I will use them for, well, I have a long list of things to prune.

    I transfered my backyard into a mini organic farm. With chickens and vegetables,grapes and lots and lots of things. I like yourself am trying to be as self sufficient as possible.

    Yes, I love the old way of doing things, am just an old fashioned girl at heart. Now a bit of modern technology as in a Fiskars pruner would be very useful indeed.

    Your blog is a blessing with all your recipes and tutorials. Next thing I will try is the soap making as I use pure soap for just about everything especially my hair and it's wonderful.

    Have a lovely day..Kind Regards Anemarie

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  175. Hi Rhonda,

    Wow, what a generous giveaway! It's getting to be that time of the year to cut back perennials, prune my baby trees and clean out the garden and these pruners sure would be handy.

    Thank you!

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  176. Include me in the drawing, please! I love Fiskars tools! Barb

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  177. Hi Rhonda,
    I hope that you are enjoying your time!
    I love all of my Fiskars sewing scissors, so I'm not surprised to hear that Hanno liked the Easy Reach Pruning Wands...sounds like a great gift for anyone with fruit trees or tall shrubs! I'd love the Fiskars Pruners, but see many more people who could make better use of them : ) We are moving to a sunny Florida and our new yard is like a fresh canvas. I can't wait to start planting... Although, I will miss our lush New England landscape!!!

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  178. Wow ! Such a lot of people that have plants that need pruning. Its a job I put off doing too, I am glad I am not the only one.

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  179. What would I use pruners for? The usual things - pruning the crazy bush that exists in our rental garden and tries to take over EVERYTHING, trimming our other trees and ferns in our care and generally keeping the vegie patch going. I think the main point is I don't currently own any pruners and my mum would love it if I pruned myself away from a dependance on always borrowing her pair!

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  180. I am always pruning something in my yard. The biggest thing that I spend the most time on is my rose bushes. So I would use them on my roses and lilacs and all of the plants and bushes in my yard. Thanks, Pat

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  181. I used to have a pair of pruners and they broke I would love to have another pair.

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  182. We live on a tree farm and have lots of shrubbery as well here. My husband is also getting ready to plant roses for me so I think he'll definitely be doing some pruning. It's very sweet of you to do this giveaway!

    Please stop by my blog to enter for a giveaway there as well! ;-)

    Blessings,
    Dianne

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  183. Rhonda,

    I'd be pruning the triple crown blackberry bush I'm getting ready to plant in the backyard later this week.

    It will be planted on top of the placenta that nourished Nuri in my womb for 41 weeks & 5 days. :-)

    Blessings,
    Cadi over at www.maehegirl.blogspot.com
    chocolatelilies [at] gmail [dotty] com

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  184. Oooo, these look wonderful! I would give these to my son who just graduated from high school and started his own landscaping business while going to college part-time.

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  185. We just moved onto a block with an orchard, these would be VERY handy!

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  186. well add me to the very long list of people who would like to be lucky enough to win these pruners. They would replace my very old, very sad, very worn out and very repaired, resharpened, repaired, and almost beyond repair (now) secateurs. :)

    Have a positive week :)

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  187. Hi Rhonda,
    I am familiar with Fiskars secateurs as I had a pair in 1993 when I lived in Canberra and they were wonderful. Best secateurs I have ever used. Infortunatley some nuisance of a person broke into my shed at this time and pinched them.
    I have never had another pair, just shitty cheap ones which I always regret buying.
    I have planted a veritable orchard on our 1/4 acre in suburban Melbourne over the last 3 years so the plants that will get pruned are most likely all of an edible type. Such as passionfruit, plums, peaches, nectarine, Apricot, Tamarillo, Pecan, Pears, Mulberry, Kiwi fruits, Grapes, lemons, mandarin, limes, almond, apples, avocado and Quince. Possible more too.
    So I am on a self reliance drive and have been all my life I think.
    thanks for your blog it is wonderful.
    Dayla
    Melbourne

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  188. wow great pruners! I love tools of all kinds so this would be great to win. I too would give them to my mom though. She is the gardener and lately has not been feeling well so these would cheer her up and be easier for her to use.

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  189. Hello Rhonda,

    This sounds like a dream prize. I have an acre of ground so there is always something to prune. Plenty of roses and at the moment we have a couple of variety of mandarines and oranges that we are picking. We have gone through lots of pruners throughout our gardening life. Some are good others are just really for picking small flowers.

    Happy days.
    Bev.xoxo

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  190. Since it's my birthday today (52, single, overgrown garden) & I hanker after beautiful, easy-to-use tools, I could use the pruners as a birthday present & go on a Spring pruning frenzy? Good for the garden and my well-being.

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  191. I have three entries that came via email because they couldn't comment.

    I would love to win the pruners as I am still using pruners my father gave me many years ago when I was a single mum raising two beautiful children (who are now 36 and 32). I love my garden, my vege patch, my chickens and gradually moving to a more simple life - something my husband and I started a couple of years ago when we moved to 5 acres on the outskirts of Brisbane.
    Tracey #191
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    Gran is the biggest reason I'd like to enter your give away. The pruners would make it easier for her to enjoy something she once loved and did every day.
    Kerrianne # 192
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    Would you mind to add me to the Fiskars giveaway. I'm not able to add comment since no anonymous anymore.
    I've had several Fiskar items and love their products!! Thanks so much!!!!

    Debbie Fetters
    Central Illinois
    #193

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