Pruning is one of the most useful, and important, tasks that every gardener must be familiar with, and every gardener must also have a good pair of pruning shears that allows them to get the job done in the most efficient manner possible.
Today, we’re going to be looking at all of the different elements that comprise a good pair of bypass pruning shears. You’re going to learn all about the specific factors and considerations that you need to think about and consider and apply to your intentions and needs when you are searching for the best pair of bypass pruning shears that you can find.
In today’s market, there are all kinds of different options, when it comes to pruning shears. Bypass pruning shears are one of the more popular options available to you, and that’s because they are also one of the best and most powerful choices of pruning shears out there, and the other types of pruning shears are, in comparison to bypass pruning shears, somewhat inadequate and ineffectual.
However, as mentioned earlier there are a lot of different choices out there, for bypass pruning shears. With so many options, finding the best bypass pruning shears isn’t always the easiest thing to do, and that does make things a little more difficult. It’s easy to find a bad pair of bypass pruning shears that only serve as a way of making the entire process of pruning tedious and incredibly annoying, and that isn’t something that you want.
To properly address the question of “How can I find the best bypass pruning shears?” we’re going to talk about a couple of different things, all of which are directly related to pruning.
First, we’re going to talk about what pruning is, and what the process of pruning entails. Then, we’re going to talk about what pruning shears are. After that, we’re going to dive into what bypass pruning shears are, and the unique benefits and advantages that they offer, in comparison to the other types of pruning shears that are available. Once we’ve done that, we’re going to dive straight into the specific elements and considerations that you will need to be familiar with, when searching for the best bypass pruning shears for all of your pruning needs!
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What Is Pruning?
Pruning is the process of carefully removing branches from trees. To do this, you need special shears, because branches tend to be pretty strong, and without the proper shears, the process is rather challenging.
More specifically, though, pruning is the process of removing branches, from trees, that are inhibiting the proper growth of the tree, or affecting the tree’s overall health and wellbeing. In some cases, as well, pruning is more for aesthetic reasons, allowing the tree to look nice and beautiful, by removing branches that are ugly or less than aesthetically pleasing.
Many people also use the term “pruning” to refer not only to trees but to all kinds of different landscape plants. And that works well because pruning is very much a general process, in more ways than one, that refers to the act of trimming the branches of plants so that they can look a certain way, or grow in a specific direction, or simply remain/become healthy and prosperous.
What Are The Benefits Of Pruning?
Pruning has a couple of very notable benefits. The first of which is the aesthetic reason we mentioned above.
Now, when it comes to pruning for aesthetics, this isn’t as important as some of the other reasons we are going to dive into, but pruning is used for aesthetic reasons quite a bit, and that’s why we need to talk about it.
If a tree has a couple of branches that just look ugly and out-of-place, then that affects the rest of the tree, and what the rest of the tree looks. A bad branch can alter the entire appearance of a tree – or any plant, for that matter – which is why pruning is so important. With pruning, you can remove specific branches that negatively affect the appearance of the rest of the tree, allowing the overall aesthetic to shift, making the tree look a lot better.
While pruning is certainly used for aesthetic reasons, it is used more often for a few other reasons. Reasons that have more to do with the health and wellbeing of the tree, and how those specific elements affect the proper growth of the tree than the general appearance of a tree.
Old or damaged branches prevent the tree from growing new branches. And new branches are very important because they allow the tree to continue to thrive, grow, and develop, at a healthy pace.
Pruning is the process of removing those old/damaged branches, and by removing those branches, you ensure that the tree can continue to grow new branches and to remain strong and healthy.
This doesn’t mean that the process of pruning is only used on branches that are decaying or have already decayed. Many people prune branches that are still healthy and prosperous but growing too far out. So far out, that if they were to fall, they might destroy something important. By pruning those branches, you ensure that any potential damage is reduced, and you also condition the tree to grow the branches only to a specific length. And that’s another thing that pruning is used for: conditioning.
Conditioning, through pruning, is when you cut all of the branches to a specific length, and this tells the tree – or plant, in general – to grow those branches to that length, rather than any farther. Now, the general effectiveness of this method varies, but, for most trees, it works very well, and it prevents those trees from growing their branches past the length that you have cut them at. And the reasons why you would choose to cut them at a specific length are numerous. For most people, it’s either for aesthetic reasons, or because the longer branches would affect their home, or something similar to that.
What Are Bypass Pruning Shears?
To properly answer the question of what bypass pruning shears are, we need to define what pruning shears are, first.
Pruning shears are shears that are designed to cut and shape branches of all sorts. Most people use them on trees or plants of various sorts. There are two main types of pruning shears that you will find, although there are a couple of other types of pruning shears available, the two that we’re about to describe are the most popular.
First off, you have anvil pruning shears. Now, anvil pruning shears are shears that consist of a single straight blade, and this blade is very strong. It’s a stronger blade, and as a result of this, anvil pruning shears are usually somewhat heavy, but not necessarily bulky. Since they are so strong and durable, most people choose to use anvil pruning shears on branches that are already dead, and this is also because the blade often crushes the stems of various plants, while cutting.
The next type of pruning shears you have are “bypass pruning shears”. Bypass pruning shears are more popular than anvil pruning shears, and they are also more inexpensive, generally speaking. With bypass pruning shears, there are two curved blades, and these blades move past each other, as you cut. Using these two curved blades, the cuts are always clean and even, and while they are smaller than anvil pruning shears, they are great for more delicate pruning, which is one of the reasons why bypass pruning shears are so popular.
As for the distinct benefits that bypass pruning shears give you, they are small and lightweight, very easy to hold and move around, and since the blades are small, while also cutting cleanly and evenly, you have a lot of control over what you cut, and how you cut. So, if you want to delicately cut a special flower or bush, you can do that. With anvil pruning shears, things are a lot more chaotic.
What Do I Need To Look For And Consider?
When searching for the best bypass pruning shears, there are a few things you have to look for and consider, because they greatly affect your experience.
The Ergonomic Design Of The Bypass Pruning Shears
This is a big one that a lot of people overlook, and that’s really a shame, since it is such an integral part of the tool, and it so greatly affects your experience pruning.
Every pair of bypass pruning shears has a handle, and this handle is what you use to push the blades so that they cut whatever branch you intend to cut. However, the quality of these handles varies considerably, when it comes to the different bypass pruning shears that are available.
Some of them are made of really cheap material that is uncomfortable to use and hold onto. Some of them are slippery and difficult to hold. And, some of them are made of strong material and designed in an ergonomically pleasing way that ensures that the shears are comfortable and easy to hold and use.
Ideally, you’ll purchase bypass pruning shears that have some type of anti-slip cover, and a design that feels comfortable. To find out whether or not the handle is comfortable – since this isn’t something that most manufacturers advertise on their store page – it’s important to read the reviews.
Strong And Powerful Blades
The strength and power that the blades bring is something that will depend on the bypass pruning shears that you buy and, more importantly, the individual needs that you have, when it comes to the type of bypass pruning shears that you intend to buy.
For some people, they’re going to need blades that are especially strong, because they are cutting materials that are a bit denser than others. If that is the case, then you should be looking at bypass pruning shears that advertise and emphasize the strength of their blades. It’s hard to find a specific measurement or variable that denotes the strength of the blades since it is something difficult to quantify. That’s why you should find bypass pruning shears that emphasize this particular quality, while also taking the time to read the reviews that other people have published regarding the bypass pruning shears.
The Types Of Branches You Can Cut
Ultimately, it does come down to this. This is the most important factor that you need to consider and understand because it affects the entirety of your overall experience with the bypass pruning shears.
When you are looking at bypass pruning shears, make sure that you know what kinds of different branches you intend to cut. You need to ask yourself that question because by asking yourself that question, you will then be able to determine the types of bypass pruning shears you should buy.
Each pair of bypass pruning shears is designed with different types of branches in mind. While they are all very similar, there are differences when it comes to the branches they are designed to cut. You can find this information by looking at the individual store pages of the bypass pruning shears you are looking at, and reading the reviews and seeing what types of branches other people have had success cutting.
Bypass pruning shears are not complex tools. They are simple tools that consist of only a few key elements, and all of these elements unite to serve a very simple, but important, purpose. By having read this buying guide, you are now aware of the individual elements that you must consider when searching for the best bypass pruning shears that are available. Use this information, and consider those individual elements, and you will have no problems finding the best bypass pruning shears for your purposes!