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The Basis of Pruning Is Here

The Basis of Pruning Is Here

How to prune, when to prune, where to prune? There is no other task which strikes fright into the heart of most amateur gardeners as does the topic of pruning plants. 

Still good pruning can be among the most contending of gardening tasks, as the results can be striking and amazing. Pruning done accurately yields plentiful flowers, herbage and fruit. Get Gardening & Pruning Secateurs here.

Regularly pruning your plants, removing the diseased, dead, injured or damaged growth preserves them and keeps your plants healthy & vigorous. 

Gardening and pruning secateurs are designed so that they may effortlessly cut thin fragments of wood or anything that is as softer as the non-woody stems of the plants. If the wood is thin enough i.e., about half an inch. or less & you identify where to make your cut, plough and roll in the hay! Pruning secateurs do not require any kind of special practice or technique.

The Two sorts of Pruners

There are 2 ways in which the pruner/secateur blades form cuts: 

  • Bypass-type 
  • Anvil-type. 

  • We will be describing both in our blog, but you must perhaps buy and use bypass pruners, as they are the most recommended. Get Gardening & Pruning Secateurs here.

    Bypass pruners, the primary and most common type, come with a single-edged blade which cuts past a thick base while it closes.

    Anvil pruners have a blade which cuts to the middle of the fat, lower base, making contact with that base after the cut is formed.

    Why are bypass pruners the best?

    Anvil pruners let you exert more force; however, hand pruners are not supposed to be forceful. They are supposed to be precise and form a razor-clean cut. A well-refined bypass cutter does this. Whereas anvil pruners are more likely to crush, especially if not impeccably sharpened—crushing a plant stem is a dreadful thing to try to do. It is the equivalent of a surgeon bashing off your wart instead of accurately eliminating it.

    General Techniques for Pruning with Hand Pruners

    Perfect the cut location for bypass pruners. 

    For the primary precisely-placed cut, line up the blade itself together with your cutting spot. Remember that the blade passes to the corner of its thick base, so the precise spot which the blade derives through moves a few 1/4” every time you flip the tool. 

    While cutting on the brink of the most stem (a general move), you will every so often feel that you would prefer using the tool “upside down”.

    Select the right angle. 

    If your plant is opposite-branching, you must cut straight across the stem over the node. If it's alternate-branching, cutting directly crosswise is fine, however it is better to chop on an angle slanted away from the only bud at the node. This makes the rainwater drain far away from the bud, so none gets entombed on the stem or through a crotch and encourages decaying or decomposing.

    Get the wood deep into the pruners. 

    Entirely open your pruners and get the branch all the way in. It is enticing to snip-snip wood imagining that your pruners are scissors. Get Gardening & Pruning Secateurs here.


    With the wood accurately placed, close the pruners through the branch in a single fluid motion.

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