3 Reasons You Need loppers in the Garden


I’m a homeowner who loves to garden. I have some pretty nice tools that I use to keep my yard looking great, but one thing has always eluded me: loppers. Loppers are a type of pruner used for cutting through thick branches and small logs without having to pull out your chainsaw or get some heavy-duty shears out of storage. They’re the most versatile kind of pruner you can use around the house, but why do you need them? Here are three reasons why loppers are so useful:

Lopping is the intermediate level of pruning between trimming and sawing.

Lopping is the intermediate level of pruning between trimming and sawing. It’s a good way to maintain the shape of a tree or shrub, which makes it great for the home gardener with lots of trees and shrubs but not a lot of time or patience for pruning by hand. Lopping can also be used on branches that are too big for pruning shears, so loppers are often useful as an alternative to pruning saws in certain situations.

Not all pruners are loppers, but all loppers are a type of pruner.

If you’re a gardener, you’re probably familiar with pruners. They are an essential tool in any garden and the term refers to any hand-held device used for cutting or trimming plants. But not all pruners are loppers, and that’s what makes them special. Loppers are a type of pruner that is specifically designed for medium-to-large branches—the ones that would be too big for your average pair of scissors or shears. If you have older trees on your property or need to trim back some overgrown shrubbery, loppers can make quick work out of even hardcore tasks like clearing branches after a storm has knocked down trees and limbs across the yard.

Lopping Shear vs Secateurs vs Pruning Saw?

Loppers come in two basic types: ratchet and bypass.

  • Ratchet loppers are the best for cutting thick branches, like those found on trees. You can cut through large branches with ease and use them to trim down small limbs that are too big for regular pruners or loppers. These loppers usually come in 10 inches or more, so they can help you get through even the biggest of jobs. They’re also convenient because you don’t have to keep removing your hand from the handle to open it before trying again—just squeeze the handles together and watch as your branch gets shorter and shorter!
  • Bypass loppers are perfect for cutting thin branches, like ones that might be found on bushes or smaller trees. These types of loppers don’t have ratchets built into them; instead they rely on a serrated blade system called a bypass blade (hence their name). They’re great at handling both green wood as well as dry wood without any trouble at all!


We hope you found this post to be helpful and informative. If there’s anything you’re still wondering about, feel free to drop us a line! We’re always happy to answer any gardening questions that come our way.

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