Ratchet Secateurs Are Great
Gardening is sometimes a real pleasure, but it can also be very hard work. One of the best gifts I've ever received is a pair of ratchet secateurs to help with my gardening. They were quite an expensive pair, but are worth every cent, and are my favourite pruning tool.
Ratchet secateurs are really easy to use, and make pruning those hard twigs and small branches very easy for those of us with weak wrists. When I used my old secateurs, the normal type, I often ended up with blisters on my hands from multiple pulling on the handles, not to mention stiff fingers. This doesn't happen with the ratchet type, thankfully.
Usually, when gardening, if a branch or twig was a little thicker than usual, I'd have to call my partner to deal with it; not any more! Ratchet secateurs make it easy to handle these jobs. I never used to like pruning, as it was hard work, but now, I have to restrain myself from cutting too much off the bushes, as it's so easy with the new tool.
They are simple to use, as you just squeeze the handles together until you feel a stop, then release the pressure. Some types of secateurs may click at this point, which is when you squeeze the handles again. Continue until the branch or twig is removed. This tool makes pruning almost enjoyable!
Pruning A Grape Vine
Long Handled Shears
These are great for those pruning jobs which are a little out of reach for smaller secateurs. Wouldn't be without mine.
Care Of Your Secateurs
To ensure that your garden tools remain in good order, make sure that you clean them properly after each use, wiping off any dirt or plant sap that may be on them, particularly on the blades.
It's a good idea to put a little oil on the moving parts and the blades to prevent rust. If you don't have any tool oil, a little olive or vegetable oil will do. I use WD-40 sometimes as well.
Your secateurs will become blunt over time so it's also good to sharpen the blades when necessary. This is quite simple; all you need is a good sharpening stone from a hardware store. Before you start working the blade on the stone, put a few drops of oil on the blade to lubricate it, then work the blade on the stone until it is sharp again. Some stores may have sharpening services for tools and scissors, and if you don't want to use a sharpening stone, this may be the way to go, even if it is a little more expensive.
It's not a good idea to try to force your tool to cut branches thicker than about 3/4 of an inch to 1 inch, unless they are specifically made for this.
Some of the better brands of ratchet secateurs or shears come with a spare blade, and a holder which goes on your belt. A holder makes it easy to carry your shears while moving around the garden, and also protects them from being dropped, which could damage them..
Care for your secateurs and they will last you for a long time.
Do you use ratchet secateurs to prune your shrubs?
Ratchet Garden Shears
A couple of years ago, I was given a pair of ratchet shears, and was pleasantly surprised at how much easier it was to prune shrubs and trees. If you like gardening, these are a must. The ratchet action makes it almost effortless to prune your plants.