How to Use Pruning Shears Correctly

What You'll Need
Gardening gloves
Safety glasses
A pair of pruning shears
Fine tooth file

Pruning Shears is nothing more than a fancy name for scissors. This type of scissor is used primarily for trimming and pruning trees and bushes. Pruning a tree or a shrub at regularly design intervals, will help its overall growth, shape and health. An expert florist also frequently uses them to arrange flowers in a vase or in a bouquet. Invest in a good pair of pruning shears. They will last longer do a better job on your trees and shrubs. Here’s an easy how-to on the correct position, use and care for your pruning shears.

Step 1 – Survey Your Garden

Wait until the end of the growing season to begin. In the fall months or when the plants are reaching dormancy stages, walk outside and around your home. Take a look at all the bushes and the trees that flank your property or that have been developed as part of your landscaping pattern.  Decide which trees, bushing or plants need to be trimmed and pruned.  

Step 2 – Sharpen Your Shears

The easiest way to remember when to sharpen your pruning shears is every occasion you are ready to use them. A sharp pair of blades gives a better cut. Use a fine tooth file to sharpen the cutting blade. Hold the file at an angle against the blade and run it away from your body along the edge of the blade

Step 3 - Protect Your Hands and Eyes

Take out a pair of gardening gloves and put them on. If working around sharp and pricking bushes or trees, put a pair of safety glasses on to protect your eyes.

Step 4 – Prune Your Tree or Bush

Hold the section or branch you wish to cut firmly in between your fingers. Be sure not to twist or turn the branch. With your other hand, use the pruning shears to snip the branch. This will create a nice clean cut. Every snip you make should be a clean cut as this avoids damaging the plant or the shrub. Do not pull on the tree branches. Make a clean and smooth cut every time. It may take four or five cuts to completely prune one section or one tree branch. Do not overprune your vegetation and do not cut your branches right down to the trunk. Leave no less than 2 inches of length between the branch and the trunk of your tree or bush. Prune dead twigs and spots from your tree.

Step 5 – Clean Your Shears

Rinse your pruning shears with water from a tap or your exterior hose bib. Dry your pruning shears well and cover them with their protective cover. Place them back in your gardening tool box or tool shed. Avoid placing your shears in a location exposed to the weather and exterior elements. Protecting them from rain and moisture will prevent rusting.