Winter is a fantastic time to be pruning, and whether you're performing a haircut or major surgery, having the right tool for the job will make the process much easier for both you and your plant.
Bypass Secateurs & Loppers
- Use bypass secateurs for small trees and bushes, and bypass loppers for thicker branches and high areas.
- Operate bypass secateurs like scissors - the sharpened blades should pass each other.
- Bypass secateurs and loppers will provide a clean cut, which assists your plant in sealing the wound and recovering quickly.
- Be sure to keep them clean and razor-sharp.
Anvil Secateurs & Loppers
- Designed for grunt work. Use an anvil blade to cut fallen branches into manageable pieces, or to shorten a branch before removal.
- Uses one sharp blade to cut and crush against it's 'anvil' side.
- Less likely to jam, and will grab and hold (making it ideal for high branches).
- Always be sure to make your final removal cut with bypass blades or a pruning saw. Anvil blades tend to leave a messy wound behind, inhibiting your plant's ability to heal.
- Use a pruning saw on branches that are too thick for your bypass or anvil loppers to handle.
- Use a fine toothed saw blade for small branches and a coarse toothed saw for larger branches.
- The pruning saw provides a nice clean cut, so it is ok to use as a finishing cut when removing a branch.
Don't forget, pruning can be dangerous work, particularly for high and thick branches. If you are concerned by the size of a pruning job, we always recommend calling in a qualified arborist. Not only do they have the right tools, equipment and experience to tackle it, but they have insurance too!
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