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Pruners, loppers and handsaws

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I brought up pruning just before our record blizzard a week and a half ago.  By the way, all that heavy snow is not good for our trees and shrubs.  Larger trees including evergreens can handle getting the snow off of them but some of our delicate shrubs, such as rhododendron, could be damaged further if we try to shake snow off of them.  Back to pruning…

The right tool for the job is paramount to a good pruning experience!  Hand pruners are great for working on shrubs, perennials or small trees with branches of 1/4 inch or less.

There are a couple of types of pruning shears:

Both pruners work well when properly sharpened.  The Anvil style may work just a bit better on harder woodies.

Loppers are great for anything 1/2 inch up to 1 1/2 inches depending on the quality of loppers.  The long handles make it a lot easier to get into some tight spaces inside shrubs or trees and also give you a nice reach.

I use a folding handsaw for pruning out low hanging branches that get in my way!  I generally use them to cut limbs an inch or two in diameter but some saws can cut through 4 inches.

And then there are pole saws (too unwieldy for me) and chainsaws (they frighten me)!  If you use these tools I suggest you have protective gear on and know what you’re doing OR call someone that does!  That’s what I do!

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