Pruning and Trimming Tools | Reader's Digest

Pruning and Trimming Tools

Handy tools for all your pruning and trimming needs.

from Householder's Survival Manual

Pruning and trimming trees and shrubs keeps plants healthy and looking their best. Here are the basic tools you need for the job.

  • Hedge shears Resembling oversized scissors, these will snip many small branches at once. Buy shears that feel good in your hands and work easily.
  • Loppers For stems up to 1 to 2 inches thick, use loppers, or long-handled shears. The scissor-type loppers make the cleanest, easiest cuts. They are preferable to the blade-and-anvil type, which require more strength to use and also crush as they cut, leaving a ragged wound.
  • Pruning shears Lop off fading flower blossoms with lightweight deadheading shears . For trimming smaller woody branches, use heavy-duty pruning shears.
  • Pruning saws Use these for larger stems and branches. Look for a saw that cuts on both the push and the pull for fastest, easiest cutting. The bow type is the most common. A curved blade is easier to use than a straight one.