Like most things in your garden, tools need a little loving care to keep them happy. Here are a few easy tips for cleaning and caring for your pruners.
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For a roundup of our favorite pruners, see 10 Easy Pieces: Garden Pruners.
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Wondering how to put those pruners to good use? See Gardening 101: How to Prune a Rose Bush. For more on tool maintenance, see 5 Favorites: Tool Sharpeners.
See more clipping and pruning at Boxwood: A Field Guide to Planting, Care & Design and our curated design guide to Shrubs 101, including Yew, Rosemary, and Privet. Read more about shrub care: