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Selecting Pruning Tools

Selecting and using the correct equipment to prune trees and shrubs makes the pruning job quicker, easier, and safer for home gardeners, and results in less damage to plants.  Before beginning a pruning task, determine the goal (such as improving structure, removing dead branches, and the like) and select  the right tool for the job.

There are many types and sizes of pruning tools available to home gardeners. Manufacturers produce such specialty pruning tools as left-handed models, pruners made for smaller hands, and tools with ergonomic handles. Before purchasing any tool, make sure it feels comfortable to operate, and invest in one that fits, rather than settling for something that may cause blisters and muscle strain. Gardeners with limited strength should look for tools made of lightweight material for easier use.

One comment on “Selecting Pruning Tools”

  1. Linda Walz said on November 19, 2014:

    Just thought I would share my favorite pruning tool – a cordless reciprocating saw equipped with a pruning blade. My 18 volt deWalt works like a charm and is small enough for me to handle safely. Thanks for the article.
    Linda Walz
    Skagit County MG

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