Garden blog | Get your tools ready for spring

As we begin the year in the garden we take notes in our head of past years, things we grew, what we want, kinds of budgets to work with. Even other gardens you may have visited.

Spring is on the way. It is time to take inventory of your tools. Have you sharpened your pruners yet?

My name is Joe Machcinski, CLT owner of Pangea Gardenscapes, an organic and natural landscape firm offering education, design, consulting and care. I have over 13 years in the green industry gaining knowledge and certifications along the way. I want to put my knowledge to work for you and help you get on the right foot. I will take you through what needs to get done in the yard as well as answer questions you may have.

My garden blog for this week is getting started in the yard for this year. February is a sign that spring is around the corner. Buds on the trees are starting to swell, bulbs are starting to push through the soil and the smell of sarcococca or sweet box is in the air. It smells like jasmine.

It is almost time to start pruning your plants. Before you prune it is very important to understand the plant beforehand. Just because the leaves are off a deciduous tree or shrub, it may not always be the right time. I will take you through that task.

But for now, take inventory of your tools. In my arsenal I have a folding saw, hand pruners, pole saw, and an assortment of other tools to get the job done. It is real important to have the right tools.

In my next blog I will go over some pruning rules and some examples. For now, go out in the shed to see what you have. Get them ready. If you need help on sharpening there are many books that can show you. Always wear the right safety equipment when sharpening.

Besides the tools, Another thing that you should do is make sure your lawnmower is in top shape. Have you serviced it lately? In my upcoming blogs we will go over proper lawn care and I just want to make sure that you’re ready.

So in conclusion of today’s blog, think about preparing for the garden season. You need to get those pruning tools, sharpen them or buy some new ones. You should at least have a pair of hand pruners, folding saw, eye protection, gloves, and an orchard ladder. Remember safety should always be your number one priority.

Happy Gardening to you and yours,



Joe Machcinski is owner of Pangea Garden-scapes, a natural and organic yard care business  that offers design, education, consulting and care. He has over  13 years in the green industry. He received  certifications through planet network and WSU master gardener program. He is active in Washington  Association  of  Landscape Professionals. He can be reached at (360) 990-3035 or

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