Melinda's Garden Moment: Pruning tips for perfect plants
MADISON (WKOW) -- Before it gets too cold, you might want to get outside and prune your plants.
The first step is to make sure you have the right tool for the job. Use a bypass hand pruner for deadheading and pruning woody stems up to a quarter of an inch in diameter. Some of these pruners come with replaceable blades.
Use a bypass lopper to extend your reach when pruning small trees, shrubs, and roses. Most loppers cut branches up to two inches in diameter. Those with longer handles give you greater leverage.
Invest in a small pruning saw for larger stems and branches. Those kinds of saws are great for small trees and shrubs. Foldable pruning saws have short blades to reach into tight places.