Hand Pruners, also called Pruning Shears or Secateurs, are designed to cut small branches, stems, shrubs, perennial flowers, trees or plants under one inch thick. Regularly trimming your garden, yard, or landscape encourages plant health and growth.
There are two types of pruners: bypass pruners and anvil pruners. The difference has to do with the way the blades cut. Bypass pruners, which are more common, cut as the blade passes by the hook base. Anvil pruners, better for dry or dead growth, cut as the blade passes to the hook base.