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The Right Pruning Tool for the Job

Sep. 15, 2021

Pruning is vital to the health of your garden, but do you know the best tools for pruning trees, plants and shrubs? How about the easiest way to prune grass, perennials, roots and vines? I will show you how to choose the right tool for the job so that you can cut, slash, chop, prune, trim and saw into the shape of your garden. While no one tool will do all the work effectively, you can definitely narrow down your choice to a few tools that will do most of the cutting in your garden.

This is part of a series on how to prune trees, shrubs and vines in the garden.

The right pruning tool for the job

If you've ever struggled with the wrong pruning tool, you'll know what it's like. The blade doesn't fit the branch and after trying to cut it, the plant is damaged and your hands are sore.


With right-handed pruning shears you should be able to easily and effortlessly get nice, crisp cuts and clean slices without causing any collateral damage to the plant or to you!


Telescopic Pole Saw

 Telescopic Pole Saw

What pruning shears do I need?

Pruning shears are one-handed cutting tools for smaller cuts.

Loppers require two hands to operate them and make medium sized cuts.

Pruning saws are one-handed (like workshop saws) and are used for larger cuts.

You may also notice mention of the words anvil, bypass and ratchet.


Anvil = a single cutting blade closed on a flat surface (anvil).

Bypass = This is what the blades do: they bypass each other. There is usually a sharp blade and a blunt blade. These are usually stronger than anvil pruning shears.

Ratchet = An enhanced anvil pruning shear that adds some extra leverage to help your hands. These are usually the strongest and pruning shears.

 Garden Tree Branch Pruner

 Garden Tree Branch Pruner     

No one type of pruning shear is suitable for all situations. And, as mentioned at the beginning, if you try to make one tool fit all cuts, you will hurt the plant/tree, the tool and possibly yourself at the same time (by forcing the tool to do what it is not supposed to do).


If you just need a pruning shear for a small, one-off job, try borrowing one. If you need pruners for ongoing garden maintenance, you may only need a few different pruners to keep everything trimmed, tidy and healthy. 

If you want to get more information about best garden tree branch pruner, welcome to contact us today or request a quote.  


Questions to answer

1. What are you cutting? Flowers? Grass? Vines? Shrubs? Branching bodies?

2. How large is the largest branch (diameter)? Select pruning shears, pruning shears and pruning saws according to this cutting size.

3. How difficult is it to cut? Pruning shears and pruning shears are usually sufficient, but really tough jobs may require ratcheting pruning shears or saws.

4. Can you get it from the ground or is it in the tree? Never prune any overheads! If you need help, find the right tool (or person) for the job.

5. Do you have any strength or mobility problems with your hands or arms (arthritis, cardio tunnels, etc.)? If so, look for a lighter weight tool with a soft grip (if available).


Features to look for

Good feel in the hand, designed to reduce blistering, not too heavy (won't strain the lower arm)

Correct cutting capacity - make sure the maximum cut size is right for the job (inches in diameter).

No sticking of the blade.

Locks the blade when not in use.

Guarantee against defects.

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