High-quality pruners are a gardener's best friend. There are many sizes and styles with different purposes, perfect for helping promote the health of your plants.
For the majority of plants, the best time to prune is late winter/early spring because removing growth in the dormant season limits stress on the plant. Check out our previous pruning blog for more details about when and how to prune.
Essential Tools for Pruning
Annuals & Perennials
Every gardener should have a pair of petite snipping tools for dead-heading (removing spent flowers to promote more blooms) or light pruning (removing anything under a half-inch-diameter). We like the Razor Snip® from Red Rooster®, which have two-inch-long resharpenable stainless steel blades for precision pruning with minimal damage.
Perennials, Shrubs & Small Trees
Bypass pruners are ideal for the woody branches of small trees and shrubs up to three-quarters-inch diameter. The "bypass" part of the name describes the slicing action; the two sharpened blades pass by each other, leaving a clean cut with minimal damage to the plant. We find these to be indispensable in the garden, and the high-quality forged steel resharpenable blades will last for years, on the Komodo® bypass pruners.
Small Shrubs, Trees & Vines
For one-and-a-quarter-inch diameter branches, loppers are the way to go. Lightweight carbon steel handles offer leverage for pruning mid-large woody branches with ease. The extended length of the handles are great for pruning hard-to-reach areas like a rose thicket.
Large Trees, Shrubs, Vines
For four-to-five-inch thick branches, a folding saw is a must. This model has a nine-inch-long curved steel blade with coarse teeth for easily slicing through large limbs. The ergonomic hardwood handle folds against the blade for easy and safe storage.
For anything larger than five inches thick, we recommend consulting a certified arborist. Click here for tips on hiring an arborist from the Sacramento Tree Foundation.