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Gardening Shears Explained

Gardening is a laborious and rewarding hobby. You will find yourself having moments of pure frustration because you did everything right but you still run into issues with your plants, and you will have moments of unbridled joy when you see your first harvest or bloom. Of course, to get into any hobby or work, you have to be sure that you have the necessary knowledge, and the correct tools for it as well. Gardening will involve many different tools which can include tools for trimming and grooming your bushes, fertilizer, mulch, seeds or saplings, and so on. For the sake of this article, we are limiting the discussion to just garden shears which are an essential tool in your gardening toolbox. Keeping your tools in good condition is important, and this is why you should also know how to sharpen garden shears.

 

Gardening shears are used to trim or cut off smaller branches and stems of your plant. You will find two different types of gardening shears and both of them serve different functions.

 

  • Bypass Shears- These shears have a rounded end and a sharp end. The purpose of the rounded end is to ensure that the stem or branch you are trying to cut stays in place. These are really important shears that are sharp and need to be kept super sharp. They can make cleaner cuts, and they can cut through younger plants without causing any damage to the sensitive tissues.
  • Anvil shears, until bypass shears, do not have a rounded blade on one end and it is flat. These shears will make rougher cuts but they are tough and are recommended for when you are dealing with dead branches and stems that you might need to cut off. So, they both serve important and necessary functions in gardening.