Tips for Using Pruning Shears


Pruning shears are the most important tool for any gardener. They can be used for many different tasks and can help you trim your trees, bushes, and shrubs with ease. However, not all pruners are created equal, so it’s important to know how to choose the right one and keep it in good condition. In this article we’ll discuss how to choose pruning shears that fit your needs, how often they should be sharpened or replaced and some other tips on using them correctly.

The first step in caring for your pruning shears is to have the right tool for the job.

It’s important to choose the right tool for the job. The first step in caring for your pruning shears is to have the right tool for the job. If you’re using shears or scissors that are too big or heavy, you’ll tire out faster and be more likely to make mistakes. When choosing tools, it’s also important to consider their size, weight and shape — as well as how much control these factors give you over what you’re doing.

Get in the habit of sharpening your pruning shears at the beginning of each season.

Sharpening your pruning shears is the most important step in keeping them in good working order. It is recommended that you sharpen your pruning shears at least once per month, but some gardeners may want or need to sharpen their pruning shears more frequently.

There are two main ways you can sharpen your pruners: by hand and with a file. You can also use an electric sharpener if you prefer, though these tend to be more expensive than using traditional methods. Regardless of whether you choose to manually or electrically sharpen your tool, make sure that it’s clean before beginning the process so that debris doesn’t get caught in between the blades during sharpening and cause damage later on!

You should clean and lubricate your shears every time you use them.

You should clean and lubricate your shears every time you use them.

To do this, first wipe down the blade with a rag to remove any dirt or debris. Then, apply a small amount of lubricant to the blade and handle—but not too much! Too much will get into your skin when you cut things and cause irritation (and possibly an infection). If there’s too much on there, just wipe it off with another cloth until there are no more streaks left in place.

Remember to change or tighten the screws on your bypass pruners every few months, so they stay tight.

  • First, take off the blades by unscrewing them.
  • Next, use a screwdriver to open the screw that holds the nut in place.
  • You can also try using a wrench or pliers for this step.
  • Once you have loosened the nut, you should be able to easily remove it from your bypass pruners’ blades.
  • Now you should be able to fully remove and replace your screws with new ones that are longer than what came with your pruning shears (if needed).

Choose simple hand tools that you can use comfortably, even with gloves on.

Choosing simple hand tools that you can use comfortably, even with gloves on is important. You don’t need a tool that takes two hands to operate if you only have one free. It’s also nice to be able to use your free hand for something else, like holding onto an awkward branch or reaching into your pocket for a snack bar. Choose tools that are easy to grip in your hand and don’t require a lot of strength to operate. Tools that are designed specifically for left-handed people (or right-handed people) might be easier than those designed with both hands in mind.

Finally, choose pruning shears made from materials like steel or aluminum rather than plastic; these materials tend to last longer without breaking down as quickly as plastic does over time through repeated usage (which means less money spent replacing them every few years).

Taking care of the tools that you use is important because they become like an extension of your hand.

Tools should be comfortable to use since they become like an extension of your hand. A sharp blade is essential for cutting, and pruning shears should have a smooth action when opening and closing them. It’s also important that you can easily switch between different size branches and clean them afterwards.


Pruning shears make it easy to cut branches and other things in your yard. They are an essential tool for gardeners, landscapers and anyone who wants to keep their yard looking good. By following these tips, you can make sure that your pruners stay sharp and functional for years to come!

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