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What are the many uses for the Hand Pruners?

For those who love to work in the garden some of their prized, protected, and cherished possessions are the very tools they use for gardening. 

Many gardeners guard them with threats of violence should anyone want to use or borrow them.  At least... that’s the way it is in my family!

Many of these treasured tools are acquired over many years and sometimes on a “one off" opportunity that some company manufactures and then discontinues a tool.  This is the way it is in my garage and curses are placed on those who should violate this sacred space. 

But among all the tools and implements used in the garden perhaps are the hand pruners also called garden secateurs are the most frequently used and cherished.  Thus it is important to look for the greatest and best of these available in the market place.  Now days many of these tools can be found online as well.

So what are the uses of these precious tools and what determines the best tool of each job?

TGF  garden secateursFirst, let’s deal with the flower and perennial garden.  Many gardeners including my intrepid spouse love to trim, prune and deadhead both annual flowers, perennials and in some cases foliage plants or succulents that may be overgrown.  What type of tool is the best choice for this job?  For me, the first consideration has to be something that can make delicate and careful snips and is lightweight and very flexible.  Something with a very sharp blade but able to make easy and difficult delicate cuts with surgical precision.  

Moving on to more woody plants, the primary issue here on most smaller shrubs and conifers is the ability to make clean and quick cuts without leaving ragged edges on the plants.  For most small shrubs, much of the pruning done is for the purpose of shaping the plant and perhaps removing older wood or dead stems and branches.  And in some cases for example roses, it may be a dead heading job as with the perennials.  The key attributes of this pruner would be easy to use, still lightweight and with sharp blade, and perhaps, the ability to clean pitch or debris off the blade as caused by many conifers.

The next type of plant to be considered is the larger, heavy wooded shrub like the lilac or mock orange and for certain, the many species of small to large growing trees. Secateurs for this purpose are limited to making cuts of perhaps up to one inch, beyond this we are into the territory of heavy loppers, saws and even chainsaws for the largest branches.  A pair of pruners that can do this job would ideally have the ability to make clean 2.5 cm. cuts with relative ease and minimal hand pressure.

There is only one tool we know of that fits all three or four of these jobs and wraps it into one convenient and efficient tool. We have found that The Gardener’s Friend 3-Stage ratchet pruners fit this description to a tee and can do all of the above jobs with ease, from the smallest of snips to 2.5 cm. diameter wood.