Pruning isn’t difficult, but choosing the best tool for the job always makes garden and landscaping tasks easier. This handy list will help you identify which products you need for your plants.
Bypass pruner: most commonly used tool for pruning all types of plants; avoid anvil-type pruners
Hedge shears: ideal for cutting back perennials or shaping plants
Pruning scissors (bonsai-grape scissors): perfect for delicate deadheading of small flower heads
Pruning saw: look for a narrow-tip blade so you can get into tight spots
String trimmers: for large jobs or mass plantings, such as shearing off grasses or herbaceous plants
Learn more about the importance of pruning in A Guide to Pruning Plants.