While I do really have nice clippers and an electric edger, I often find that my cheap scissors works best, so I gravitate towards it as my favorite pruning tool.
While I do have an expensive electric edger from Home Depot, I do often use my scissors, to do my first lawn edge each spring. This gets me down to the level of the beds and I can easily remove my clippings (the power edger makes a mess of the bark and sometimes slices the edging). This also gives me a chance to pull hidden weeds and I get to see all the plants up close and personal. It is murder on my knees though. Getting old is a bitch.
|Juniperus chinensis 'Old Gold'|
I also find them useful in situations, where I am looking for a more sculpted look, but I am still thoughtful about not hacking leaves, and just cutting stems. This works well for small leaved shrubs with wiry stems.
So what is your favorite inappropriate tool?