Selecting the Right Pruning Tools


Pruning is a method to help maintain plants in good condition. It removes dead branched or weak branches that may infect other branches. It is also done to reshape a plant and trim it to make it look beautiful in the garden. This method is usually done by professionals but can also be done by anyone. There are many tools for pruning so it is important to know which one to use to prune a plant properly.

The Tools

There are many tools for pruning that we need to know and have. Each tool is needed to do a specific job which can help you prune properly. Here are the tools needed for basic and proper pruning:

  • Hand pruners (Pruning sheers)

This type of tool is best for cutting flowers, shrubs, and vines. It is a hand held device that can cut up twigs and branches which are ¾ of an inch thick. There are three types of hand pruners and these are:

    • Bypass

A bypass functions like a scissor and has the finest cuts among the three. It is also the most commonly used tool. It is best used for cutting stems.

    • Anvil

An anvil uses splitting to cut plants. It has straight blade that slices to the center of a plant. It is best for slicing dry stems and branches.

    • Rachet

A rachet is similar to an anvil pruner but cuts in stages. This type of hand pruner is best for people who wants to avoid wrist strain.

  • Loppers

Loppers have thick blades and long handles. It is somewhat similar to hand shears and also has three types which are bypass, anvil and rachet. It best for pruning branches that are 2 ½ inches in thickness. It is also often used for nut trees, vines and fruit Taylors Trees.

  • Pruning saws

This type of tool are often used for branches which are 3 inches in diameter. It has a sharp tempered metal blades. This has many types and styles.

  • Hedge Sheers

As the name implies, hedge sheers are pruning tools that is used to cut hedges, evergreens, and small shrubs. It can also cut branches that 2 ½ inches in thickness.

  • Rope saw

Rope saws can cut up branches with up to 5 inches in diameter. It uses a chain like blade for cutting and can cut limbs of about 25 feet. You can also add extensions for added reach in cutting.

  • Chainsaw

This tool is often used with caution and training as it can cause serious injuries. It has one of the cleanest cuts and can cut thick limbs for about 3 inches. Contact an arborist for proper used and cutting of a limb.

  • Pole Pruner

A pole pruner can be used on any type of trees and is best used for reaching and cutting a dead wood. It can cut up branches with a diameter of 1 ¼ inch thick. It can also reach up to 8 feet in height so you don’t have to worry about going up a ladder and falling.