From left to right:
- Trenching shovel—available at most hardware stores, reinforced handle allows some use as prying tool, narrow blade useful in tight spots
- Pruning saw—from Fanno Saw Works, “seconds” are half price, 20″-22″ are most useful
- Small pick—from Home Depot, good for yellow starthistle removal
- Pulaski—from Park Ave. hardware store, 3 ½ lb. size, has cutting and digging edges
- Loppers—Lowes or Orchard Supply, Fiscar brand, can order replaceable blades from Fiscar, have ratchet action that give user extra leverage, lightweight but strong
- “Mini” Weed Wrench—for removing woody-stemmed plants, saves your back
- “Heavy” Weed Wrench—good for trees & shrubs with long taproots, not shown are “small”-and “medium”-size wrenches, order from www.weedwrench.com, cost from $90-$220, depending on size, can borrow all sizes from Friends of Bidwell Park.
- Garden Cart in background—much more useful that wheelbarrow for carrying tools, supplies, tree stumps, etc.
Other tips: buy tools with bright colors to avoid losing in weeds or paint handles/wrap with colored electrical tape; fiberglass handles harder to break but also provide less shock absorption when being used.