Pruners for Tight Spots
Slip in, cut, and get out with these hand tools
Sometimes your regular pruning tools just don't cut it, like when you need to trim a few branches growing against a neighbor's fence, say, or snip a stem without disturbing a nearby bloom. To the rescue: four slim picks that make easy work of cutting in constricted spaces.
Get surgical precision with these 5-inch-long pocket clippers, which are perfect for making intricate cuts, such as snipping soft-stemmed flowers for a bouquet.
Hydrofarm Mini Clippers, about $5; Planet Natural
These garden shears feature an 8-inch-long jagged blade that grips and holds plant stems for a cleaner cut. They're ideal for tougher stems that tend to slide through regular shears.
Fiskars Garden Shears, about $15; amazon.com
The narrow, slightly curved tip can get into spots where bypass pruners don't quite fit. It's good for clipping dead foliage and thicker perennial stems.
Hydrofarm Curved Blade Pruner, about $13; Planet Natural
This toothy 10-inch blade is indispensable for pruning shrubs or small tree limbs where loppers don't fit. It cuts on the pull stroke for a cleaner cut with less force.
Garrett Wade large folding pruning saw, about $20; Garrett Wade