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How Fathers Build Growing Confidence in the Garden

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Tue, Jun, 14, 2016 @ 12:06 PM

noah_paul_09.jpgMany of us owe a bit of our gardening and landscaping knowledge to our parents and grandparents. It's not just learning a skill, it's benefiting from their wisdom across the generations. For example, what grew well for them for them, when to plant and how, or what to grow. Perhaps they even passed-along their favorite variety of vegetable seeds.

We hold onto and treasure these gardening memories as we age. Remembering time spent with Dad in the garden, and the taste of fresh grown tomatoes which takes us right back to his garden.

Gardening in Your Father's Footsteps

Armed with their wisdom and knowledge really gives us confidence that we can be successful, too! To this day, I still remember my grandfather's garden and how he grew the best tomatoes I have ever eaten! I can remember saving the seeds so I could enjoy those very same tomatoes. And with great experiences and memories like that, you want to share them with your own kids. That's what this Father's Day post is all about; passing on garden confidence and know-how to future generations.

How Does Dad Give You Confidence in the Garden

ComfortGEL-Lopper-on-Corona-Tools.jpgHow does your dad, stepdad, adoptive dad, granddad or father figure help give you confidence in the garden or landscape? What was the best piece of advice you ever got from him? Perhaps it's his secret soil blend for healthier plants. Maybe his tips on how to prune landscape shrubs. Or using his favorite tools to get the job done. Whatever the case, dads play a big role in how each of us gain confidence, both in our gardens and in daily lives. 

Share You Favorite Garden Confidence Tip for a Chance to Win! 

Share your story of your inter-generational experience or Father's Day memory of "Gardening with Dad" in the blog comments, below. One story will be selected to win a Corona ComfortGEL+ Extendable Lopper andComfortGEL+ Extendable Hedge Shear. These pruning tools are essential for taking care of roses, hedges and trees in the garden and landscape. Both help you to tackle the job, big or small, with confidence while getting the job done easily with comfort and control.

Everyone is free to share their story, however the winner must reside in the Continental US, Alaska or Hawaii One story will be selected from those submitted to and announced on 6/20/16.

Good luck and we look forward to reading your stories. Most importantly, thank you to fathers everywhere, past and present, who share their gardening confidence for generations to come, season after season.

Tags: gardening

How to Grow Roses With Confidence in Your Garden

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Thu, May, 26, 2016 @ 11:05 AM

roses_on_Corona_Tools.jpgIf you have ever felt growing roses is too difficult or you just can't do it, we have a boost of Corona Confidence that will make anyone a success when growing and caring for roses. Here are some easy tips you can use to grow them from America’s Favorite Rose Gardener, Chris Van Cleave. He's the co-host of Rosechat Radio, and known on Twitter as @redneckrosarian, and shared his 3 top tips for growing good roses.

We also want to hear your favorite tip for growing roses successfully, which could win you an exclusive Corona Tools Rose Care Kit. Just check out the details following Chris' tips for how to submit your tip for a chance to win!

3 Top Tips by America's Favorite Rose Gardener Chris Van Cleave

ChrisVanCleave-.jpg1 - Select the right rose for you

  • Knowing what you want before you go to the garden center will make shopping easier
  • Do you want a tall rose with single blooms on a stem? (hybrid teas)
  • Do you want multiple blooms on a stem? (floribundas & shrub roses)
  • Color Preference?
  • Do you need a low maintenance shrub? (Knock Outs, drifts, OSO Easy Roses)
2 - Location. Location. Location
  • Roses need at least 4 hours of full sun a day to thrive.
  • They should also be planted in a well-draining compost rich soil.
rose1.jpg3 - A Little Care Goes A Long Way
  • Here are some things I to to keep my roses at their very best:
  • Keep my garden beds clean of fallen leaves
  • I give my roses a good haircut in the spring (once bloomers and climbers after they bloom)
  • I water deeply at least once a week
  • I apply a balanced fertilizer every six to 8 weeks

My secret for powerhouse blooms:

Deadhead your roses! Remove spent blooms after each bloom cycle to encourage new growth and a fresh round of wow! 

Thanks, to Chris Van Cleave!

Share Your Rose Secrets and Win Corona Tools for Roses

The Corona provides all the essential tools you need to prune your roses, to keep them healthy and thriving, season after season.

rose_kit_Corona_tools.pngThe forged Convertible Pruner + Lopper (BP 7450, $40) is ideal for harvesting roses for display as well as annual pruning. Its extendable handles can also fold down, converting this pruner into a mini lopper. It helps provide the extra leverage you need when pruning thicker canes, up to 1 1/4".

The ComfortGEL® Floral Snips (FS 3204, $16) with comfortable gel grips are excellent for deadheading spent rose blooms. If you have multiple rose bushes, you will appreciate the added comfort after a day of deadheading. These snips also have a built-in thorn stripper so you can cut roses for display and easily remove the thorns.

The Razor Tooth® Folding Saw (RS 7245, $27) is a must have for any confident gardener with roses. When you come across larger canes or dead wood, this handy saw is the tool for the job. It makes cuts fast and folds up to be compact for easy transport.

The Long Steel Straight Snips (AG 4930SS, $12) are ideal to use indoors or outdoors on roses. Keep them inside to cut the ends of your displayed roses so you can change the water and help them stay fresher longer. They are also great outdoors on roses, to remove spent blooms and any fine, detailed cutting needed on smaller bushes or vines.

The kit also includes a Corona tool pouch that you can wear while you are out in the garden and store in your tool shed. Just grab it every time you head out the the garden and be confident you will have all the tools you need to take care of your roses.

For a limited time, you can submit a rose growing success tip for a chance to win a Corona Tool Rose Kit. Submit your tips below, in the comment section. Share your favorite tip about pruning roses that has been successful to you. We'll select the best tip and announce the winner Friday, June 6th on Facebook and contact the winner directly.

Good luck and enjoy your confident success growing roses in the garden.









Top 8 Time Saving, Must-Have Corona Garden Tools 

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Fri, Mar, 11, 2016 @ 11:03 AM

spring_forward_clock.jpgThis weekend is Daylight Savings and although we may lose an hour of sleep, we gain an extra hour of daylight to work in the garden. And with only days until Spring, now is a great time to think of ways to maximize your time this season. We've put together a list of must-have, time saving tools, that will help with getting your garden tasks done quicker and give you the confidence to achieve more of your springtime gardening goals. 

Saving Time in the Garden

ComfortGEL Garden Tools on CoronaComfortGEL® Weeder
 Spring arrives with a tidal wave of weeds, like dandelions. Trying to remove them with a hoe or surface weeder will leave the root in tact which means they will grow back. TheComfortGEL stainless steel weeder helps to remove the complete weed and root easily with its forked tip and a serrated edge. So you pull the root once and it won't grow back. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! ComfortGEL tools were also featured as one of Popular Mechanics' 10 New Lawn and Garden Tools You Need This Spring 

#2 Round Point Shovel, Hollow Back Ideal for breaking ground and turning spring soil, with pre-sharpened, 14-gauge, tempered steel blade that penetrates ground easily to get the job done fast. Let the shovel do the hard work for you and be finished in no time.  

Stainless Steel Long Straight Snips These handy snips are lightweight and perfect to keep in your garden tool belt or back pocket, every time you step out in the garden. They are ultra sharp to quickly harvest some herbs for dinner or deadhead spent blooms.

Corona Forged Aluminum Bypass PrunersForged Aluminum Bypass Pruners A good pair of bypass pruners is essential for maximizing your time in the garden. Choose one that fits your hand like a glove and won't weigh you down when there is plenty of pruning work ahead. With a perfect fit for large or small hands (or lefty), you'll be in the pruning zone!

9-Piece File Set Maintaining the cutting edge of your tools is often an overlooked time-saving practice in the garden. Keeping your pruning and digging tools sharp with Corona files will help retain the tool's cutting performance, whether pruning back tree branches or digging large holes in the planting beds. It takes just a few seconds to sharpen so you can power through garden tasks.

Forged Dual Cut™ Bypass Loppers  If you have larger limbs or branches (up to 2") to cut, a pair of bypassloppers are a must.The special blade and hook design also provides 20% more cutting power. With one cut, you can remove the limb and cut into smaller sections for the green waste bin for fast clean up.

Corona Quick Saw7-inch Razor Tooth® Folding Saw  Branches that are 2" or larger in diameter can be removed quick and easy. It cuts on the pull stroke requiring less physical effort. And the advance design of the blade's teeth keeps the cutting channel free of saw dust. That means making faster cuts and removing unwanted limbs easily.

EasyLifter® Wheelbarrow  If you have a lot of work to do in the garden, the wheelbarrow can be your best friend. Pile in mulch and transport to all areas of the garden. Haul in mounds of soil for raised planters. Or help move heavy plants or pots. It will save your back and the fulcrum on the front takes all the weight of the load so you can easily dump it.

Share Your Favorite "Essential for Springtime" Corona Tool

For nearly 90 years Corona has been making tools that gardeners, landscape professionals, arborists, the aspiring hobbyist and everyone in between. Generations have relied on them and developed confidence to get the job done. If you are a long-time Corona user with your own favorite tool that is essential this Spring, share it with us in the comments below.  Be sure to include the tool name/ number and how it saves you time!

Tags: Corona Confidence

What's on Tap for GILN Chats

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Fri, Jan, 29, 2016 @ 11:01 AM


For over five years, Corona and its partners have been gathering on Twitter each week to chat live about topics in the horticulture, tree care and landscape industries. Here you will find a listing of upcoming chats and topic for discussion. All chats take place live at 11AM/ 2PM EST.

On Tap for GILN Chats

plantchat_bouquet.jpg2/29 - #plantchat - The Language of Flowers & Other Romantic Floral Traditions for Leap Year with the American Horticultural Society. What does a gift of red roses mean in the Language of Flowers? Decipher the messages in Kate Middleton’s bridal bouquet. What bouquet of flowers would be a proposal from a woman to a man on Leap Day? What flowers are the most romantic for you?

3/1 - #treechat - Make Videos for Social Media with No Budget or Skill for Businesses, Organizations and Professionals on a special #SocialTuesday topics with Chris at Corona Tools

3/2 - #landscapechat - Labor Management technologies for landscape business owners with Lawn and Landscape. Learn about apps and software making the task easier and efficient

3/7 - #plantchat - Share Your Garden Firsts with Proven Winners - What’s the first thing to bloom in your landscape each spring? Or first edible you harvest? Or your first perennial to bloom? Come share your firsts with us!

Outdoor_Irrigation_Technologies.png3/8 - #treechat - Come talk about Urban Forest Master Plans with Arbor Day Foundation and special guest, @treesrtheanswr, Josh Behounek, Coordinator of Urban Forestry Services.

3/9 - #landscapechat -  Join us for Outdoor Irigation Efficencies with Jains USA and guest host UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension. Cloud-based irrigation timers. Central control. Apps for everything. Today technology is facilitating outdoor irrigation efficiency like never before.

NCLC_on_Landscapechat.png3/14 - #plantchat - Come chat with the Rodale Institute live for a great topic on organics and organic living.

3/15 - #treechat - Come talk about Tree Risk with Trees Are Key, Paul Johnson and special guest, Susan Granbery, Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator, with Georgia Forestry Commission. 

3/16 - #landscapechat - Join us from the road for a fun tweetup live from the 40th National Collegiate Landscape Competitions from Mississippi State University! With NALP, Permaloc Edging, and Stihl USA as we kick off the event.

roses_on_plantchat.png3/21 - #plantchat - Come kick off Spring 2016 and talk Roses with a American Horticultural Society and guest, Monrovia Plants. We’ll be sharing information about flower carpet roses and we’ll have a special giveaway for one lucky participant!

3/22 - #treechat - Spring Trees ID - join us for a fun visual tree chat about favorite spring trees! Test your identification skills and be the first to tweet out the tree name.

3/23 - #landscapechat - Celebrate our 5th Anniversary with us as we look back at past chats and invite previous hosts to join us! Share your favorite topics and tweets from the past 5 years!

More topics to come so bookmark this page to see what's ahead on a GILN chat.  If you have questions for the host and topic, feel free to leave them in the comments section below!

Join the Conversation

Join the conversation via Twitter each week and don’t miss out on these exciting topics! Just sign into Twitter and search for #plantchat, #treechat or #landscapechat so you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or check us out on Tchat.io that will add it for you and hide retweets to make it easy to follow the conversation.

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 GILN

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. The Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.

Tags: #treechat, #Landscapechat, #Plantchat, GILN, Corona

7 Tools of Corona Confidence - BigLOAD™ Leaf Rake

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Wed, Dec, 16, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

Rake More in Less Time

BigLOAD.jpgRake up your leaves twice as fast with the BigLOAD Rake. The oversized rake head has more surface area to collect leaves faster and get the job done fast. It's lightweight, with a 63-inch aluminum handle that extends your reach to help limit excessive bending at the waist while raking. 

Finish the sentence in the comments below for a chance to win.  

"The BigLOAD Leaf Rake gives me Corona Confidence because _________________"

For more info and giveaway details see the 7 Tools of Corona Confidence

Tags: Corona Confidence

7 Tools of Corona Confidence - Razor Tooth Saw® - 7 inch Folding Saw

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Wed, Dec, 16, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

Remove Medium to Larger Branches Fast

Corona_quickSaws0014.jpgRemove branches the easy way, with Corona's efficient Razor Tooth Saw®. First, the folding saw is ergonomically designed with a curved blade design that locks open, but folds into the handle for easy portability. Three-sided razor teeth for efficient cutting on the pull stroke are impulse-hardened for a long service life. The blade is curved for faster cutting, and is both taper ground with a replaceable blade when needed. It easily folds up for safe transport and can be used in the garden, on the trail or campsite. The only time you'll be lost is without it. 

Finish the sentence in the comments below for a chance to win the Razor Tooth Saw®

"The Razor Tooh Saw® makes me Corona Confident because _____________________________________. 

For more info and giveaway details see the 7 Tools of Corona Confidence


Tags: garden tools, landscape tools, Corona Confidence

7 Tools of Corona Confidence - Forged Dual Cut™ Bypass Lopper

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Wed, Dec, 16, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

Power and Precision Cutting

GeriCoronaLoppers.jpgTackle limbs up to 2" in diameter with the Forged Dual Cut Bypass Lopper. It delivers 20% more cutting power and enhanced performance with large cuts due to its patented blade and hook design.

The fully forged steel construction provides strength and the comfortable handle with contoured soft grip fits various hand sizes, ending in no-fail metal end caps. The integrated bumper is efficiently shock-absorbing

Finish the sentence in the comments for a chance to win this great lopper:  

“Corona's Forged Dual Cut™ Bypass Lopper will make me feel Corona Confident because . . . " 


Tags: garden tools, landscape tools, Corona Confidence

7 Tools of Corona Confidence - Micro Snips

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Wed, Dec, 16, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

Micro Cutting for Fine Greens and More

Hydroponic_Tools_SMALL-1.jpgMake precision cuts for mincing herbs, hydroponics, micro greens, flower prepping and other fine work.  It's easily accomplished with this trio of micro snips. All of these precision stainless steel cutting tools can be sterilized between cuts to limit cross contamination. 

First, the Finger Micro Snip FS 4110 are the smallest Snip, with sharp, 1 1/4-inch stainless steel blades and a pointy tip that allows for precision cutting.

Next, the versatile Micro Snip FS 4120 has a heavy-duty spring for reliable performance and a double-sided lock that's good for right or left hand use. Compact 2 5/16-inch stainless steel blades are double beveled with tapered tips for precision cuts.  

Finally, the Scissor FS 4130 have 2-inch stainless steel blades with double beveled tapered tips for precision cuts, and durable lightweight handles.

Finish the sentence in the comments for a chance to win these great micro snips:  

“Corona Micro Snips will make me feel Corona Confident because _________________” 

For more info and giveaway details see the 7 Tools of Corona Confidence

Tags: garden tools, landscape tools, Corona Confidence

7 Tools of Corona Confidence - Forged Aluminum Bypass Pruner

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Wed, Dec, 16, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

One Size Does Not Fit All

Corona_Forged_Aluminum_Bypass_Pruner.jpgThe perfect fit is available now among this trio of Corona Forged Aluminum Bypass Pruners, whether you have a small hand, a large hand or are a Lefty! With a replaceble blade option, this is one bypass pruner that will last you for many seasons to come.

Forged Aluminum Bypass Pruners for SMALLER HANDS BP 6310

Forged Aluminum Bypass Pruners for LARGER HANDS BP 6360

Forged Alminum Bypass Pruners for LEFT HANDED USERS BP 6340  

To win a Corona Forged Aluminum Bypass Pruner, finish the sentence in the comments below; 

“The Forged Alminum Bypass Pruners specifically chosen for ME will make me feel Corona Confident because __________________.” 

For more info and giveaway details see the 7 Tools of Corona Confidence

Tags: garden tools, landscape tools, Corona Confidence

7 Tools of Corona Confidence - Corona Files

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Wed, Dec, 16, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

9-Piece File Set With Handle 

fs0003cs_smFileSet9Pieces.jpgHere's the perfect opportunity to maintain your cutting edge on your pruning and digging tools. A sharpened blade makes garden tasks easier and helps minimize body fatigue by requiring less physical effort. The comort grip also makes it easy to control files while sharpening blades.

This complete 9-piece set of quality files handles every type of blade, nick or cut  and deburrs and finishes with ease. The set includes the following 9 files: 8" Mill bastard cut; 8" Mill smooth cut; 8" Round bastard cut; 8" Round smooth cut; 8" Half round bastard cut; 8" Half round smooth cut; 8" Taper slim; and 8' Taper extra slim, plus the handle and mounting inserts. 

Finish the sentence in the comments below for a chance to win.

"The 9-piece File Set gives me Corona Confidence because ____________" 

For more info and giveaway details see the 7 Tools of Corona Confidence


Tags: garden tools, landscape tools, Corona Confidence