If you have no roses, berry plants, bougainvilleas, or flowering quince, you may want to skip this article. The tool of the month is a device that allows you to prune without touching the plant with your hands. It will sever a branch and grasp it at the same time. There are several models that will reach out different lengths, I found one that has a length of 2 feet. To quote the ad: “Ultimate rose harvester, fruit and vegetable picking, pruning, dead heading, reaching into flower beds without compacting the soil. Eliminates the ladder.” Well the syntax sucks and my ladders are not going to be eliminated, but if you like to show off to your neighbors, this may be the tool for you. You can find a large selection of cut and hold pruners on Amazon for as little as $28 for a Corona.