Pruning Tools

Proper tools are essential for satisfactory pruning. The choice of which tool to use depends largely on the size of branches to be pruned and the amount of pruning to be done. As with most things, higher quality often equates to higher cost.

Generally speaking, the smaller a branch is when pruned, the sooner the wound created will close. Hand pruners are used to prune small branches (under 1 inch diameter) and many different kinds are available. To prevent unnecessary tearing or crushing of tissues, it is best to use a by-pass style pruner. By-pass pruners use a curved cutting blade that slides past a broader lower blade, much like scissors. Larger branches can be cut with a pruning saw.