Cutting and Pruning Tools for the Garden

Cutting & Pruning Tools for the Garden

Tools for cutting and pruning should always be kept sharp so that they cut cleanly and easily; blunt tools can leave a ragged wound that may become prone to infection.

Always use the appropriate tool for the task; knives and secateurs are useful for pruning soft material and woody stems up to 1 cm (1/2 in) thick, whilst saws and loppers work well on branches. Chainsaws should be used for more extensive tree surgery and felling. Hedges may be trimmed using shears or an electric or engine-driven hedgetrimmer.

All pruning and cutting equipment should be cleaned and oiled after use and the blades sharpened from time to time.

Chainsaws
Using an electrical or petrol-driven chainsaw to cut up logs or to fell trees ...
Hedgetrimmers
Cutting a hedge using a petrol or electrical powered trimmer ...
Knives
A multi-purpose garden tool for pruning, grafting, taking cuttings and a wide variety of other tasks ...
Loppers & Pruners
How to cut small branches and thick stems that are too high up to reach ...
Pruning Saws
Find out about the range of pruning saws available, such as the bow, the double-edged, the Grecian and the folding saw ...
Secateurs
Cutting through soft shoots or thin woody stems using anvil, bypass or parrot-beaked secateurs ...
Shears
Using garden shears to clip hedges, trim topiary or cut back plants and grasses ...