Pruning is the process of changing a plant’s form and directing how it will grow by cutting parts of it to be able to efficiently grow the plant faster and better. What are the effects of pruning plants? Firstly, pruning enhances plant or trees health by helping rid of the plant’s dead, damage, and diseased parts. By doing this, gardeners will help prevent any certain kind of diseases which will eventually spread to other unaffected parts of plant. It also speeds up the formation of new tissues on the plants, which allows it to grow better. Next, pruning helps enhance the plant’s appearance. Pruning rids the plant of any unwanted branches, bad fruiting and flowering structures to help the plant grow and in the process make it aesthetically beautiful. Also, pruning plants allows you to affect the overall look of your landscaping project on your home or property. Not only does landscaping help your property look better, but it can also help prevent injury and any potential damage on your property or on your neighbors property in the future. Lastly, the process of pruning allows the plant to enhance its flowering and fruiting capabilities.
Here’s our recommended list of pruning tools that we personally use for our garden as well
1. Pruning Shears
Pruning shears which can include pruners, clippers, or secateurs are probably the most-used tool when it comes to pruning any flowers, vines shrubs and small growth on trees for landscaping. These pruning shears are usually hand-held, and can cut branches and twigs up to three fourths of an inch thick. When shopping for pruning shears, there are three basic types to choose from which will be dependent on the needs of your landscaping project. These types of pruning tools include anvil, bypass and ratchets with bypass being the most popular among the three. A bypass pruning tool is very simple to use, since it acts very similar to scissors, which is good for cutting growing stems. Anver pruners and ratchet pruners are very similar to each other. An anver pruning tool features a straight blade that uses a splitting action, while ratchet features an additional mechanism that can cut stems in stages. The anver and ratchet pruning tool work great for branches and stems.
Loopers are tools used on trees. Often times when tree service professionals cut down a tree, they opt to remove branches from a tree first before proceeding with the actual process of cutting it. The looper pruning tool are great for branches that are two and one-half inch thick, and are very useful when it comes to pruning fruit trees, nut trees, and vines in your property. Loopers have thick blades with a much longer handle, but are very similar to a pair of hand sheers. Like the ordinary pruning shears, loopers can also come in anvil, bypass, and ratchet.
3. Pruning Saws
Another pruning tool which are frequently used by tree service professionals are pruning saws. Pruning saws are large pruning shears which has a longer handle and with a blade shaped like an arc, which helps with the efficiency of cutting the branches of a tree. Pruning Saws is capable of taking on branches from 1 to 5 inches in diameter, and can be purchased in many different styles.
4. Hedge Shears
Hedge shears is the best tool to use to properly maintain your hedges. Other than hedges, you may also use hedge shears on small shrubs, evergreens, and deadheading perennials. Although hedge shears can cut through most hedges, it works best when the hedge shrub or branches are up to two and a half inch thick.
5. Pole Pruner
Pole pruners are essential for reaching dead wood in tree or if light pruning is ever needed. Generally, pole pruners can be used on any tree, and is not dependent on size or the height of the tree. Pole pruners can cut through branches up to one and one half inch in diameter. The best part of the a pole pruner that it can be extended by 8 feet or more, so that you can reach higher parts of the tree if needed. Pole pruners are perfect since it can eliminate the need for ladders, and it can be used for electric pole pruners as well.
Proper Maintenance of Pruning Tools
Keeping your pruning tools clean is also as important than having them stored safely in your garage. Since tree sap could be messy when dealing with plants and trees, it could potentially harden on your tool and most importantly tree sap could possibly carry disease which can spread from tree to tree. Connecticut Tree Service has told us that it is very important to carry a rag and alcohol around with you, so that you can wipe down any potential disease carrying tree sap from your pruning tool. Lastly, you will also need to keep your pruning tools sharp using the right sharpener.