As veterans of the tree business, we know a thing or two about the best kinds of tools that will be the most helpful for you to have on hand. And with the holiday’s right around the corner, now’s the perfect time to invest in some quality materials to treat yourself— or a lawn-care savvy person in your life.
Here’s our top three must-haves for the old tool shed:
Shears are perfect for cutting small branches, twigs and most importantly – maintaining bushes. Additionally, they’ll allow you to get to those hard to reach areas of a plant as well. There are a few different types of shears—bypass shears and anvil shears. The only real thing to know here is that bypass are great for live branches and anvil shears are much better to use with dead twigs.
We’d recommend having both on hand, but if you’d like to start with one it would be best to purchase the one you’re most likely to need frequently.
For the bigger jobs, the long handles and sturdy blades of the lopper can cut branches up to two inches thick. Just like you’d find with pruning shears, there are both bypass and anvil blades to choose from. And just like your pruning shears, anvil blades can be really harmful to live branches, so we’d recommend a bypass lopper over the anvil blades, just because it’ll give you a better cut and is perfectly fine with dead limbs.
Pole pruners can reach anywhere from 10 to 15 feet up into a tree. They have a bypass blade but also carry with them a pruning saw. The blade is good for use on 2 inch thick branches, while the saw is for use with just about anything else and a little bigger. Regardless, they’re incredibly helpful when trying to get to those harder to reach branches.
The three rules to remember:
As always – you should be considering safety and practicality anytime you’re working on your landscape and pruning is no different. Just follow these quick rules:
- Don’t ever prune near power lines
- If you can’t comfortably reach a branch, don’t cut it. If it has to be cut, call an arborist to get the job done safely.
- Don’t try to cut branches that are too thick for your tools. Those kinds of cuts simply require more heavy-duty professional equipment.
Good luck making those trees look fantastic!