Selecting & Maintaining Hand Pruners

How to choose, sharpen, and take care of hand pruners.

By Anne Marie Van Nest

Photography by Thomas MacDonald


Pruner Maintenance

Hand pruners don't stay pristine forever. Eventually your cuts may take more effort and lack the crispness of before. With a little diligence, it's easy to keep your hand pruner in good working order.

Pruner maintenance will keep your pruners in good shape for yearsClean and oil the pruner at the end of every gardening day. Use a dry cloth to remove debris. Remove sap from the blades with fine steel wool or soapy water, then dry the blades.