The plantings in your garden need a trim several times throughout the growing season. It's amazing how fast trees, shrubs and plants grow when they have water and sunlight. Most gardens will need more than one cutter to handle the job. Hand-operated pruning sheers cut plants and thin branches. Long-handled loppers are good for slicing thicker branches. And if you need to trim taller trees, a telescoping tree pruner offers the best solution.
The two most popular garden shears are bypass pruners and anvil pruners. The bypass type has two curved blades that bypass each other like scissors. Anvil pruners have one straight cutting blade that closes down on an anvil or flat edge. Then there are floral pruners which have long narrow blades. These are ideal for collecting blooms destined for flower arrangements and bouquets. Most gardeners will need a set of pruning shears like these to handle garden trimming well.