Swiss bypass pruner used for cutting living branches
Photo: Jonathan Kantor


Plants are healthier and stronger when trimmed at the right time and in the right places. It's equally important to use the right tool. The hand pruner's specialty is stems and branches less than ½ inch across.

For living shoots, grab a bypass-style pruner, so called because the curved blade slides past the bill like a scissor, making clean, surgical slices that heal faster. The components of this Swiss bypass pruner are secured with screws instead of rivets, making it possible to change out broken parts and dull blades. Approx. $47;

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