Proper Pruning Tools

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated September 22, 2014)

It is difficult, if not impossible, to get any job done correctly if you do not have the right tools, and pruning is no different. Be sure that you are ready to face your pruning needs by using this helpful list of tools. By simply having at least one of each of these tools, you will be able to honestly say that you have a complete pruning tool kit.

  • Hand pruners. Hand pruners are those pruners that can be operated with the use of only one hand. In fact, these types of pruners can often be confused with tin snips in appearance. These types of pruning tools will come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and styles that will help fit the needs you may be faced with. Keep in mind the restrictions that your particular hand pruners may come with, since if you try to force the blades to cut through stems that are too big you can end up damaging not only the plant but the tool as well.
  • Loppers. Loppers are one of the more traditional appearing types of pruning tools. Frankly they look like bolt cutters that have the head of a hand pruner. This means that they have long handles that will give you greater leverage, and that you need to use two hands in order to properly use these tools.
  • Pruning saw. A pruning saw is a small one handed saw that has a tapered end, and is usually bow shaped. This particular type of shape allows for more controlled, powerful, and fast cuts that you often want to see when pruning. Focus on choosing a saw that will cut both when you push away, and one that will allow you to cut as you pull towards you.
  • Power hedge trimmer. Power hedge trimmers are the perfect tool to use when pruning back large hedges and shrubs. These tools will usually come in either electric models or gas powered ones. The electric ones usually aren't very powerful, and require very little maintenance. The gas powered trimmers are typically extremely powerful and will require a decent amount of maintenance to ensure that they are working properly.
  • Hand hedge shears. Just like you have hand pruners, you also have hand hedge shears. These tools generally look like over sized scissors and are one of the more common and inexpensive pruning tools available. When choosing one for your tool kit be sure that you decide on one that has comfortable handles, and that is sturdily constructed since you will be getting a pretty heavy workout when you use one.
  • Pole saw. These tools are basically mini chainsaws or hand saws that are placed on top of a pole. Usually these tools are only used for reaching high branches that are out of reach, and which may be dangerous to try and cut when standing on a ladder. Keep in mind that these tools, regardless of whether you are using a powered or unpowered version, are not designed for use on a large branch.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...


Making Your Own Peanut Butter Cups

One of the best selling candy bars on the market right now is, without a doubt, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. ...

Discover More

Obtaining a Business Grant

If there is one part of starting a new business that is the most stressful, then it has to be coming up with the money to get ...

Discover More

Collecting and Storing Seeds

If you are really interested in making your garden successful, you may want to think about collecting and storing seeds. Not ...

Discover More
More Gardening Tips

Controlling the Temperature in Your Greenhouse

If there is one thing about a greenhouse that can cause frustration for most gardeners is the temperature. Proper precautions ...

Discover More

Gardening Tools for Children

Gardening is a fun activity that can be done with the whole family. Purchase gardening tools made for children so your ...

Discover More

Garden Tool Kit Necessities

If you are really interested in learning how to make your garden a success, then it is imperative that you have the right ...

Discover More

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."


If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 8Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 6 - 3?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)