10 best secateurs

A pair of pruners is perhaps the most reached for (and most often misplaced) tool in a gardener’s armoury. Whether you are cutting tree stems to encourage growth, or hacking back invasive brambles, you’ll need decent secateurs that are up to the task in hand.

When purchasing your pruners, there are two types to consider: for pruning live stems, you’ll want to make sharp, precise cuts, so go for a pair of crosscut secateurs, where the blades slide past each other, like scissors. For the more destructive gardening tasks, such as chomping through dead branches, a pair of anvil secateurs

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