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Cutting-Edge Choices & A Guide to Choosing the Best Pruner! 



When it comes to gardening, few tools are as indispensable as a trusty pair of hand pruners. These handy helpers are your secret weapon for keeping your garden in tip-top shape, whether you're taming unruly shrubs or snipping fresh blooms for your vase.

At GARDENWORKS, we understand the importance of selecting the right pruner for your gardening needs. Join us as we explore the three main types of hand pruners and how to choose the perfect one for your garden.


Bypass Pruners

Best for: Pruning, trimming, use on flexible stems or green wood

Bypass pruners, often considered a "must-have" staple tool for gardeners, feature two curved blades that bypass each other, akin to scissors. This design ensures a clean cut, making them ideal for small shrubs, roses, and branches up to a quarter-inch in diameter. At GARDENWORKS, we offer a variety of sizes and models to suit every hand size and pruning preference. Remember to maintain your bypass pruners with regular cleaning and sharpening for optimal performance.



Straight Blade Pruners / Floral Shears

Best for: Deadheading, cut flowers, small pruning cuts, and fine work

Sitting between floral shears and bypass pruners in strength and function, straight blade pruners excel in delicate bud trimming and pruning. Perfect for tight spaces and precision cuts, these pruners are also ideal for flower arrangements and leaf trimming. Explore our selection of straight blade pruners, featuring both metal and all-metal designs, for durability and versatility in your gardening tasks.



Ratchet Pruners

Best for: Tough stems, better leverage for avoiding fatigue

Designed for tough stems and prolonged use, ratchet pruners feature an extra mechanism that allows for cutting in stages. This improves leverage and reduces strain, making them ideal for gardeners with smaller or weaker hands. Our collection of ratchet pruners at GARDENWORKS offers comfort and durability, ensuring an enjoyable gardening experience for all.


Choosing Pruners: Find Your Perfect Pair

Now that you've delved into the exciting world of hand pruners, it's time to choose the one that's just right for you. But with so many options out there, how do you narrow it down? Fear not – we've got you covered with some handy tips to help you find your perfect pruning partner.

Size Matters

When it comes to hand pruners, one size does not fit all. Consider the size of your hands and the types of plants you'll be pruning. Smaller hands may prefer compact pruners, while larger hands might find comfort in models with longer handles. 

Shape Up

The shape of the handles and blades can make a big difference in your pruning experience. Some designs feature cushioned handles for added comfort, while others boast curved handles that fit snugly in your hand. Pay attention to how the pruners feel in your grip and opt for a design that minimizes strain and fatigue during prolonged use.

Price Point

As with any gardening tool, you get what you pay for when it comes to hand pruners. While budget-friendly options may seem appealing, investing in a higher-quality pair can save you money in the long run. Look for pruners made of hard-tempered carbon steel for durability and longevity. Remember, a well-made pair of pruners is an investment in your gardening success.


Gardening is a labour of love, but it shouldn't leave you feeling sore and achy. Choose pruners with ergonomic features that help minimize the risk of injury from repetitive stress or poor posture. Look for designs with curved handles, rotating grips, or cushioned inserts for added comfort during extended pruning sessions.


Left-handed gardeners, rejoice! While left-handed pruners may not always be readily available in stores, many manufacturers offer models designed specifically for southpaws. If you're a lefty, don't hesitate to ask your local GARDENWORKS store about ordering a pair for you.



At GARDENWORKS, we're committed to helping you find the perfect pruners for your gardening needs. Our knowledgeable staff are here to answer your questions and guide you through the selection process. So come on down to our store and let's find your perfect pruning partner together!

Plant Expert Tip: Don't forget to treat your pruners right with regular cleaning and maintenance. A little TLC goes a long way in keeping your tools in top-notch condition!

Happy gardening!

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