Homeowners’ Must-Have Pruning Tools to Collect for Next Season

Pruning is a critical component of maintaining a healthy garden. Removing leaves, stems and branches—even healthy ones—can help a plant to become healthier and more attractive. While saws are helpful with large-scale removal, regular improvements require the best pruning shears in Fargo, ND.

These are some favorite go-to pruning tools to keep your garden in pristine condition. Be sure to invest in them before springtime!
Bypass pruners
Bypass pruners get their name from how they work. The blade bypasses a counter blade, moving past the lower jaw.
Bypass pruners are designed for making cuts that improve the health of the plant. They are ideal for clean cuts on roses and other bushes. Keeping bypass pruners sharp is especially important to ensure their effectiveness.

Bypass pruners work best on live wood, not dead wood. If you’re making a bias cut, the blades on a bypass pruner will spread, causing your pruners to become stuck.
Anvil pruners
As with bypass pruners, anvil pruners are named for the way their blades function. The blade on anvil pruners goes into a pocket and closes against an anvil on the lower jaw. The anvil’s metal is softer than the blade’s metal.

Anvil pruners crush the material they’re cutting, so they’re best for when you need to remove something and aren’t worried about how it looks. Anvil pruners are best used on dead wood. Although you can cut live wood with anvil pruners, it will not be as clean of a cut. They can also be used for preparatory cuts if you’ll be cleaning the cut later with bypass pruners. Anvil pruners are also ideal for cutting firewood and clearing brush.

Local gardeners and landscapers require both bypass and anvil pruning shears in Fargo, ND.

Lopping shears

Pruning tools that are used in one hand are called pruners or hand shears, but larger tools that require both hands are called loppers. Lopping shears can come in the anvil or bypass variety, but are usually bypass. While they have less accuracy than hand pruners, their long handles allow you to reach far and exert more leverage.
Hand pruning saw
As the name suggests, a hand pruning saw is a smaller version of the saws used for cutting lumber. It has sharp metal teeth designed for trimming larger shrubs and small tree branches, generally more than 1.5 inches in diameter.

  • Pruning saws come in different varieties depending on the type of branch or stem they are designed to cut:
  • Pruning limb saw: Good for branches too thick for hand pruners
  • Curved pruning saw with fine teeth: Good for branches up to 2.5 inches in diameter
  • Curved pruning saw with coarse teeth: Good for heavier branches
  • Pruning pole saw: Good for pruning high branches

Your local pruning tool supply in Fargo, ND can help you to determine which pruning saw is best for your job.

Consult with the landscaping experts at S & S Landscaping Co. Inc. to learn more about which pruning tools you need in your arsenal this spring. Visit us to see our full pruning tool supply in Fargo, ND.