As a backyard fruit grower, I find that the best gifts are practical tools from people who know at least a little bit about my passion for pomology. If youâ€™re shopping for someone like me this year, take a few cues from my 2016 wish list to really knock this yearâ€™s gift exchange out of the park.
1. Grafting & Budding Knife
I have one of these, and most backyard orchardists do, too. However, as with most small tools, you canâ€™t go wrong with having two in case one is lost or damaged. With any sort of knife, a nice personal touch is buying one with a wooden handle and getting it engraved with the name of the recipient or with a personal message.
2. Secateurs & Orchard Loppers
Secateurs are â€śprunersâ€ť or â€śclippers,â€ť and orchard loppers are long-handled versions of the same thing. As with a pruning and budding knife, I already have both of these tools. The problem is I have had them for years and they are looking a little worse for wear. Even the most well-supplied gardener will always appreciate a good, new set of clippers.
3. Pruning Saw
Itâ€™s nigh-on-impossible to maintain a beautiful fruit tree without one of these curved saws and also a hell of a job keeping one sharp and rust-free. Efficient and easy to use while climbing, these tools saws can manage to hack through most limbs that are too big for the loppers to handle.
4. Telescopic Fruit Picker
A telescopic fruit picker can save a lot of time spent climbing and balancing on ladders. Itâ€™s basically a wire basket on a long, extending pole that allows anyone to harvest fruit from a few meters up while standing on the ground.