Pruning Basics, Part 1


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The Right Tool

The ‘must have’ tool of every landscaper:  Felco pruners.  These will last a lifetime.  The bypass pruner blades cross each other, make a cleaner cut, and cause less ‘crush injury’ than anvil-type pruners.  What we like about the Felco brand pruner is that it has replaceable parts which offset the initial cost ($45 and up).  The blades can be easily sharpened with simple sharpening tools.  There are over a dozen styles of Felco pruners, but we stick with the basic model, Felco 2.

Use this tool for basic gardening:  Cutting back perennials and grasses, pruning out dead/damaged branches, and cutting out suckering growth on trees and shrubs.  We also use them to cut thin plastics, roping, and packaging.  There’s even a notch on the very low part of the blade for cutting thin wire.

If you’re looking to buy this tool, you will likely find them at quality garden centers (watch out for knock offs).  Or check out these websites for online ordering:

www.amleo.com

www.gemplers.com

Kevin pruning small branches on an ornamental tree

Kevin pruning small branches on an ornamental tree

Felco 2 pruners

Felco 2 pruners

 

 

 

 

 

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