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DIY Tree Care Tips from the Pros

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Fri, Aug, 14, 2015 @ 14:08 PM

trees_on_Corona_tools_treechatTaking care of trees may sound really easy, but there is a technical field of arboriculture behind each one of these living things. Growing trees in different kinds of soils and climates can be challenging to say the least.  This week on #treechat, the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) will help take out some of the mystery of proper tree care. Come learn some tips for having healthy trees in our landscapes and neighborhoods.

GIVEAWAY ANNOUNCED! What is your best tip when it comes to pruning trees?  Tell us in the comments below and live on #treechat.  TCIA will select the best tip and the winner will receive a Corona Forged Aluminum bypass pruner.

You're Invited to Tweet

@CoronaTools along with special chat host, Linnie Leavines of Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) @Voiceoftreecare. The live chat begins Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST. This is the Twitter chat were we come together with industry experts and fellow tree tweeps each week to discuss all things related to trees and tree care, since 2010! 

Discussion Overview 

Some of the main discussion points that will be covered during the live chat include:

  • TreeCareTips.org  - Explore this is a new website and resource center from TCIA with many articles and features dedicated to helping homeowners care for their trees and landscapes.
  • Ask the Arborist - Have a tree care related question that isn't on TreeCareTips.org? Write in to TCIA staff arborist Tchukki Andersen (BCMA, CTSP) via the “Ask the Arborist” tool for help. 
  • Find a Pro - Some jobs are too big or more than homeowners want to tackle. Visitors can find a certified professional and connect the homeowner connect with a professional who provides reliable tree care services in their neighborhood.
  • Get Seasonal Tips and Information - The Tree Care Tips quarterly newsletter provides timely tree care tips and more frequent updates via the Tree Care Tips RSS Feed.
  • Public Education and Awareness - Tree Care Tips helps to educate homeowners about the dangers in do-it-yourself tree work.

Join the Conversation

Corona Tools Treechat

Join us for this information-rich topic live on Twitter! Just sign in, search for #treechat and tweet using the hashtag. You're tweets will appear in the live tweet stream and you will be part of the conversation.  Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the treechat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live chat, you can still access the complete Storify transcript, available 24/7 following the live chat.  It includes include all the information and links shared during the discussion.

About Treechat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now treechat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.

Topics: #treechat, tree care, Corona Tools, pruning, TCIA

Your Favorite Garden Tips and Tricks

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Aug, 04, 2014 @ 06:08 AM

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Don't try to re-invent the wheel in your garden and landscape; instead, learn from Proven Winners, Corona Tools and your fellow gardeners on this week's #Plantchat! Share favorite gardening tips, learn new shortcuts, contribute easy ways of doing things, tweet no-fail growing and planting secrets, and generally get "in the know" this Monday. Get even more ideas from the Proven Winners Pinterest Boards, for example, "DIY Garden Projects" like the Mosaic Magic at right. Give and Take, Share and Learn on this special edition of #Plantchat

You're Invited to Tweet 

Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Stacey Hirvela, of Proven Winners @Proven_Winners for this week's topic, Garden Tips. The live chat begins Monday, August 4, 2014 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

Growing Plants Planting and Maintenance shortcuts and tips make it easy to succeed! 

Garden Organization Just like any project, organize garden areas and tools with containers, organizers and know-how. 

Plant Identification How to recognize Plant Families, starting with flowers and fruit for easiest Plant I.D. 

Money Saving Tips Gain insights from experienced frugal gardeners and get more bang for your gardening buck with a bit of familarity. And check out the Proven Winners Pinterest boards

Clean Up Whether the end of the day or the end of the season, clean up is a vital step to an organized garden.  

Join the Conversation

Plantchat logo on Corona ToolsDon’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hastag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!

Topics: #Plantchat, gardening, pruning, planting

Tips for Making Your Landscape Water Efficient

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Tue, May, 27, 2014 @ 20:05 PM

Corona Tools LandscapechatSummer is upon us which means for many of us, hot and dry is in our landscape's forecast. Over the next several months, folks will start adding more time to their watering systems and adding more in bills to their local water agency.  So this year, make your landscape more water efficient, using less water while still enjoying the all the beauty and tranquility that landscapes provide.  It's our Water Wednesday topic on #Landscapechat and the we have tips from the experts who can help.

You're Invited to Tweet 

Join @CoronaTools and #landscapechat partner @EwingIrrigation Laura Ory, Social Media + Digital Strategist for Ewing Irrigation for this week's topic: Water Efficient Landscapes. The live chat begins Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 11 a.m. PDT / 2 p.m. EDT, where we come together with green industry experts and fellow landscaping peeps each week to discuss all things related to landscape, since 2011.  

Discussion Overview

Plant Selection - Learn why choosing the right plants for your landscape can have a big impact on your water usage. 

Know the Zone - Understand why it's important to group plants together with the same water needs as those around them.

Cutting Back - Discover how pruning back your plants can help save you water in your landscape during the Summer heat. 

Summer Lawn Care - Hear some great tips about Summer lawn care that can help reduce your watering needs in the landscape.

Lawn Alternatives - Discuss some alternatives to lawn that could have some lasting benefits to your landscape (and your wallet) all year long. 

Join the Conversation

Corona Tools Landscapechat

Join us for this information-rich topic live on Twitter! Just sign in, search for #landscapechat and tweet using the hashtag. You're tweets will appear in the live tweet stream and you will be part of the conversation.

If you do miss the live chat, you can still access the complete Storify transcript, available 24/7 following the live chat.  It includes include all the information and links shared during the discussion.

Maximizing the effciency in your landscape isn't just for areas that are in hot an dry locations.  These water efficient practices are fundamentals that should be applied to any landscape and can help reduce our water needs and water supplies.  If you have an outdoor garden or landscape, then this Water Wednesday's #Landscapechat will be an hour of information and tips that you won't want to miss! Come and join us!

Topics: #Landscapechat, Ewing Irrigation, pruning, Summer, watering, Lawn Care

Gardening Tidings of ComfortGEL® and Joy from Corona® Tools

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Nov, 25, 2013 @ 13:11 PM

ComfortGEL_family_CoronaPreparing for the holidays? Relax with ComfortGEL® tools from Corona® and create those topiaries, natural wreaths, floral designs and tree trimming the easy way. Season after season, garden and landscape maintenance is a breeze with soft, ergonomic, comfortable ComfortGEL® grips. On this year’s holiday wish list there are six tools from Corona® that keep garden and holiday décor projects down to size. And just in time for the holidays, Corona is offering some special discounts on ComfortGEL®, helping gardeners save time and money.

Corona Makes it Easy to Spread Holiday Joy

Gifting your gardener with ComfortGEL® Tools from Corona® takes the “chore” out of home gardening and holiday preparations. Specially coated, non-stick blades help to maintain maximum sharpness through numerous cuts. ComfortGEL® soft, ergonomically-shaped grips provide maximum comfort, fit and control, while the integrated Shock-Guard® bumpers on selected models, reduce strain and hand fatigue. and the volute spring resists dirt build up and clogging. ComfortGEL® tools with longer handles are equipped with extra strength, ergonomically advantageous trapezoidal steel handles that fit snugly in the hand. Easy open locks accommodate both right and left-handed users.

Six Tools in the ComfortGEL® Series

The indispensable ComfortGEL®  Bypass Pruner (BP 3214, $16) are perfect for keeping woody ornamentals in line and are useful a thousand times every gardening day. Trim evergreens for making holiday wreaths, swags and bunting. Clip stray branches out of the way of windows, doors or walkways. Prune dormant ornamentals and eliminate crossing and rubbing branches with ease.


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To ensure your hand pruners always within reach, add Corona’s universally designed nylon scabbard (AC 4510, $10) that makes the ComfortGEL® Bypass Pruners easy to carry using the metal clip or belt loops. It’s made of durable Cordura nylon construction and is the perfect fit for hand pruners and folding pruning saws. On the scabbard front is a storage pocket for the accessory sharpening tool (AC 8300, $10) to keep pruner blades sharp in the field. Together, this $36 bypass pruner, scabbard and sharpener set make a memorable stocking stuffer.

The ComfortGEL® Hedge Shear (HS 3244, $29) is ideal for smoothly sculpting rosemary or ivy topiary cones and spirals, or hedges in the landscape and traditional holiday decor. The 9 inch non-stick blades maintain maximum sharpness, and cutting performance is enhanced with a 3/8 inch limb notch.


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The long-reach 25 inch ComfortGEL® Bypass Loppers (SL 3264, $28) make short work of larger branches. The Dual Arc blade design provides a 1-1/2 inch diameter capacity that easily eliminates rangy Christmas tree branches or protruding limbs. These loppers will also come in handy during winter months to remove damaged tree limbs caused by excess snow, ice and heavy winds.


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On every floral designer and herb gardener’s wish list, the ComfortGEL® Snips (FS 3204, $16) are simply the best choice for herbs and floral design. Lightweight construction combined with the integrated thorn stripper and floral wire cutter make a great all-in-one tool for the artistic gardener.

Sticky tree sap easily wipes off the non-stick, specially coated blades for maximum cutting performance. Then use them to cut some fresh herbs for your holidays meals making this one of the handiest tools in your shed all year long. Corona’s ComfortGEL® Snips are member tested and recommended by the National Home Gardening Club, an independent third-party group.


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ComfortGEL™ Anvil Pruner (AP 3234, $17) has a 3/4 inch diameter branch capacity, and like all of the hand tools in this series accommodates right- and left-handed users, and designed for pruning dry and woody growth. The sharp blade comes down on the anvil and readily cuts extra hard wood of dead branches or rose canes.


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Finally, the ComfortGEL® Veggie & Fruit Shear (BP 3224, $16) is great for harvesting cabbage, Brussels sprouts, lettuces as well as quickly harvesting fruits off trees, bushes and vines.  A quick wipe of the specially coated, non-stick blades with a rubbing alcohol wipe also helps prevent spreading diseases to other plants during harvest.


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Your Gardener’s Gift List

What does YOUR gardener dream of? The holiday season is now, and ComfortGEL® tools from Corona are all about comfort and decreasing wear-and-tear on the gardener.  Order these very special comfort-minded tools at CoronaToolsUSA for yourself, or delight your special gardener this holiday season with ComfortGEL® gifts that physically demonstrate your thoughtful caring in a tangible way.

Right now, through the holidays, all ComfortGEL pruning tools are 20% off when ordering on coronatoolsusa.com and using COMFORTJOY code before check out.  And for ComfortGEL orders $75 or more, receive free ground shipping using code CGFREESHIP.  Free shipping applies only to ComfortGEL tools.  Orders on items other than ComfortGEL will be subject to standard shipping rates.

Which ComfortGEL is right for you? With six great tools designed for specialized garden and craft tasks, Corona has the right tool for the job.  Check out the ComfortGEL video to see them in action and tell us in the comments which one is your favorite!

Topics: Corona Tools, gardening, pruning, ergonomics

Mom's Top 5 Corona Garden Tools

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Wed, May, 08, 2013 @ 10:05 AM

Spring may have begun in March but as part of the country has started to see temperatures pushing triple digits, in other areas there’s still snow on the ground. Regardless of strange weather patterns, Mother’s Day is one Spring event that comes to moms across the country. A day to honor all the moms out there (not that we shouldn't everyday!) for the hard work they do throughout the year.

To honor all the garden moms on Mother’s Day (and everyday…!) we wanted to put together a list of her top 5 favorite tools as shared with us by our many Facebook friends and Twitter followers of Corona Tools. With over 600 tools in our catalog, we’re bound to have missed a few fan favorites… based on what we hear from gardeners like you, we know this list will help ensure Mom has a great day in her garden on Mother’s day, and every day, season after season.

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Dual Cut™ Pruning Series – Mom’s love the Dual Cut’s patented blade and hook design and the 20% extra cutting power that makes the cuts with less effort when trimming shrubs, trees, roses and thicker, woodier stems. They are forged steel and built to last.

Razor Tooth Saw – Mom’s tell us this saw helps to empower them to tackle the larger pruning jobs in the garden. Thicker limbs and roses that are 1-3” can take quite a bit of upper body strength to make a cut with a lopper. And rather than calling for help, the Razor Tooth makes quick work out of the task with its special saw tooth-pattern design to make faster cuts with less effort.
bggarden picComfortGEL® Pruning Series – Mom’s can’t seem to get enough of these pruning tools that are not only comfortable in their hands, these tools limit the amount of shock to the hands or upper body. That means she can do the activities she enjoys with all the gain and without the pain to hands, wrists, arms and shoulders.
2-Handed Pruner – Somewhere right in between smaller green steams and tougher, woodier limbs hand pruners can be too big and loppers are back in the tool shed. One tool offers them the best of both worlds, the 2 – Handed Pruner. A pruning blade that makes cuts up to ¾’ in diameter combined with lopper-like handles for added leverage on larger cuts.
eGrip Garden Hand Tools – Mom’s like the ergonomic shape of these garden tools that help with planting, weeding, digging and cultivating soil. With handy features like built in bag rippers and depth markers, these are some of the handiest hand tools in the garden.

WellnessThere you have it, a short list among the many of garden tool favorites for many of our favorite garden moms. And while we couldn't mention all of them, we couldn’t leave it off the Extendable Handle garden tools as we hear from many who love them. They are perfect for using in raised beds and other smaller planter areas due to their solid designed handles that extend from 18” to 32” and perfect moms of all ages.

Did your favorite tool make the list? Share with us in the comments below or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Geri Laufer and Dual Cut Lopper from "How I Roll"
ComforGEL snips courtesy of Brenda Haas
Residents of Wellness by Nature's Design a Corona Cares partner
 
 

Topics: Corona Tools, gardening, pruning, ergonomics, planting

Treecare - Are You Helping or Hurting Your Tree on #Treechat

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Fri, Mar, 01, 2013 @ 10:03 AM

59250551317894162 hEaxjebi bSometimes we have the best intentions for our trees and shrubs, but often we are misinformed about exactly how to help them.  Coming up on the 3/5 #treechat, the Twitteriffic team at TCIA will review some tips on how to help your tree, not hurt it.

The live chat begins at 3/5/13 at 11AM PST with this week's guest hosts, Amy Tetreault @Voiceoftreecare and Tchukki Andersen @TCIA_Arborist of TCIA. Join @Coronatools and other industry experts each week at 11AM PST via Twitter for #treechat. Discussing all things related to trees and tree care since 2010!

Topic highlights covered during this week's chat includes;

  • Planting – proper planting methods to help your tree flourish

  • Watering – tips on proper watering techniques

  • Fertilizing - fertilizing can be harming your tree if not done properly 

  • Pruning – tips that tree owners should know

  • Maintaining – learn how maintaining a tree properly will benefit your tree and you

If you care about your trees, Amy and Tchukki have lots of great information and resources to share on this chat so you won't want to miss it. And if you have questions related to the topic that you would like them to cover during the chat, please leave it in the comments below or tweet it to @Voiceoftreecare before the live chat.

If you do miss the chat, don't worry, you can still access the #treechat Storify 24/7 that will be posted following the chat. The transcript includes all the information and links we shared during the discussion.

Come share with us on this great topic and see you on the live chat!

Topics: #treechat, pruning, planting, watering

Winter Pruning Tips on #treechat

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Tue, Jan, 08, 2013 @ 17:01 PM

IMG 4207It may be the first part of January but did you know that it's the perfect time to start planning and preparing for winter tree pruning?  On this week's #treechat, we're discussing the basics of what you need to know before you get out there and start trimming trees.

The live chat begins at 1/8/13 at 11AM via Twitter with Corona as this week's host.  Join @Coronatools and other industry experts each week at 11AM PST via Twitter for #treechat. Discussing all things related to trees and tree care since 2010!

Topic highlights that will be covered include;

Corona principles of pruning

When to Prune - learn why late-winter is ideal time for tree pruning

Why Tree Pruning is Important - we'll cover how pruning helps maintain overall tree health, and gets more blooms and fruit

What Pruning Tools You Need - with just a few basic tools you can get your trees in shape for the upcoming season

Basics of How to Prune - we'll cover the basics of making pruning cuts

Pruning Safety - simple safety tips to remember when pruning trees that protect both you and your trees

Tree Pruning Resources - we'll share some links where you can get information and how-tos for tree pruning.

Missed the live session? You can access the #treechat Storify 24/7 with all the information we discussed.  If you have a question about what was covered or something else related this topic, just post your comment and we'll get an answer for you.

Pruning photo courtesy of BGGarden.com
Priciples of Pruning Guide via Corona

Topics: #treechat, pruning, tools tree care

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