Secateurs are probably the most important tool in the garden. Here are some tips on choosing the right secateur:

The primary concerns when choosing a secateur are quality and the thickness of the wood you are cutting through.

If you are only ever going to prune light-weight soft-wooded material such as house plants and cut flowers, then a very light pair is adequate.

For the serious gardener who uses secateurs all the time it is worthwhile spending a bit more money and getting a top quality pair. Good quality secateurs are designed so they can be dismantled for cleaning, adjustment and sharpening. The more expensive models have better quality steel which stays sharper longer and is much more durable.

To avoid spreading disease, dip the blade of the secateur in disinfectant between pruning jobs. If you are serious about not spreading disease you can get a secateur which automatically sprays disinfectant onto the blade with each cut.

Another innovation is a rolling handle which takes the pain out of cutting though very thick stems, or if you are doing a lot of pruning.

The bottom line is that if you spend a few extra dollars on your secateurs and look after them, the tool will be a pleasure to use.

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