ARS Weeding Sickle

ARS Weeding Sickle – Nejiri Kama

In the winter 2016 I purchased the Nejiri Kama Weeding Sickle. The primary reason I selected this tool was for removing dead foliage from ornamental grasses and dried perennial stocks.

What I like about this sickle?

This small sickle is an efficient tool for removing expired foliage down to the plant basal foliage. The flat pointed tip (or toe) allows for precision when slicing into the soil to uproot weeds.

 
Sickles like a pruner have a sharp edge. It is important to keep the sickle sharp. If you allow the blade to dull you will notice it becomes less effective when cutting and slicing.

What is wrong with this sickle?

ARS Weeding Sickle - Nejiri Kama
ARS Weeding Sickle – Nejiri Kama

Typically, I work 5 to 6 days per week I use this sickle on a regular basis. In a season my tools get a lot of use. The sickle blade (chine) chips with use. Sharping the sickle will give you a good edge.

Would I purchase this sickle again?

Not sure, this is my first small sickle. It is the perfect size for various garden maintenance tasks. With or without chips this tool is handy. Wish it held up better to frequent use.

ARS LongReach™ Loppers, 1.7-inch Cutting Capacity

ARS LongReach™ Loppers
ARS LongReach™ Loppers, 1.7-inch Cutting Capacity

Pruning and training shrubs and trees is a big part of what I do to restore and maintain gardens.  Most of the time I work in lush plant filled garden locations.  Some gardens are on slopes, rocky terrain, or areas that are best accessed on foot due to the location layout.  My tools need to be light weight to allow me to move and work carefully.

This year I added the ARS LongReach™ Lopper to my work tools.   This lopper is a jewel.  Light weight, easy to use, carry, and is sturdy.  When doing scheduled espalier training and routine shrub and tree maintenance this tool reduced the need to get, set up, and remove a ladder. The lopper easily slides into the interior of shrubs and trees to prune out dead or crowded branches.

Source: A.M. Leonard (www.amleo.com)