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Garden Tools: Pruning Shears

Updated: Dec 8, 2021

Pruning shears also called hand pruners (in American English), or secateurs (in British English), are a type of scissors for use on plants.

They are strong enough to prune (Pruning is a horticultural, arboricultural, and silvicultural practice involving the selective removal of certain parts of a plant, such as branches, buds, or roots) hard branches of trees and shrubs sometimes up to two centimeters thick.

-Anvil pruners are best for dead wood and can cause crush injuries to fresh, green stems and branches.

-Bypass pruners are better for live plants and greenwood.

-Ratcheting pruners provide increased cutting strength

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