5 Basic Care Tips for Pruning Shears

Pruning shears of all types are precision-made of high-quality steel. Taking good care of them will help you make clean, neat pruning cuts that heal quickly, protecting your trees and shrubs against plant diseases and insect pests. Here are 5 basic care tips for your pruning shears.

Choose the Right Shear for the Job

Lopping shears are meant for thick branches up to 4 inches around. Do not attempt to cut these with pruning shears, designed only for twigs and slim branches.

Clean and Oil Regularly

Cleaning and oiling the blades and joint of your pruning shears after each use will guarantee they are ready for the next task.

Disinfect While Pruning Dead and Diseased Limbs

Between each cut, wipe the shear blades with rubbing alcohol or 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide. Do not use a chlorine or ammonia disinfectant cleaner on steel, as these will corrode the metal.

Check the Pivot Joint Regularly

If your shears stop making clean cuts, check the pivot joint first. Tighten it if it becomes loose, and replace the bolt and nut if they have stripped out.

Sharpen Your Shears

Sharpen your shears when needed along the original beveled edge, by hand with a mill file instead of a grinding wheel.