Garden shears are tools used for cutting small branches, twigs, and stems in hedges and flowering bushes in a backyard. They come in two types, the bypass shears, and the anvil shears. Bypass shears have a sharp upper blade used for cutting the branches and a lower blade that acts more like a hook for firmly securing the twigs in place while cutting. Anvil shears also have sharp upper blades but have a flat lower blade. They act more like a regular kitchen knife.
A bypass shear is great if you want to pay attention to tighter spots when trimming your flowering bush. It’s a good tool if you are keen on preserving the tender branches of flowers. You can check out the Yeemoutylo Pruning Shears for Gardening if you’re looking to buy one. Anvil shears are mostly used for pruning or cutting out dead and dried branches. The Professional SK-5 Material Grade can be a great pick for pruning hedges and flowering shrubs in your garden.
A garden shear works best when used on branches and stems having a maximum diameter of 0.75 inches or 2cm. Larger twigs will only risk more damage to your shear blades. It’s best to use other tools suitable for cutting bigger branches and stems when pruning your garden.
Constantly using garden shears with time causes its sharp edges to wear out and become dull. To lengthen the lifespan of your shear blades, sharpen them regularly. There are a variety of tools you can use to sharpen the blades. The three most commonly used tools include the hand file, grinder machine, and a filing stone.
A hand file is a mill file with defined patterns along its edge that bring about its coarseness. Hand files come in various sizes such as 10 inches and 12 inches. You can buy any that suits you based on your personal preferences and the needs of your garden shear.
It’s an effective tool for sharpening when used in the right way. For best results, disassemble the garden shear so the entire edge of its blades remains fully exposed. Push the blade over the file and apply the right amount of pressure while stroking the file. Be sure to have the blade and file secured in place to avoid sliding. A uniformly shiny edge surface is a good indication of restored blade sharpness. Repeat the process on the other blade till you get satisfactory results. Assemble them back together after finishing.
Using a grinder machine is much easier and will produce greater results but is more dangerous and risky if you don’t know how to safely handle it. It’s best to let a trained professional do the job for you if you’re looking to use a grinder to sharpen your garden shear.
This method is most suitable for smaller shears with thinner blades. You can get a customized sharpening stone at your nearest local hardware store or order a Sharpall 181N Dual-Grit Sharpening Stone online on amazon. Always pay attention to the stone's material. A diamond or carbon-material sharpening stone is a great option. Sharpen the blades by simply sliding them over the stone’s rough surface several times till you get desired results.
Garden shears sometimes break or bend while pruning your hedges or cutting hard branches. This is not something to worry about. Components making up the shear are basic and fixing it back together is simple.
First, dismantle its components by loosening the nut and bolt holding them together. Use a wrench to do this. If one of the blades is bent, hammer it to flatness. Afterward, stroke it hard against coarse grit sandpaper to scrape off the rust accumulated on its surface then use fine-grit sandpaper to create a smooth finish. Use a damp rag to wipe the remaining fine particles stuck on the blades then leave it to dry. Once dry, lubricate its surface using oil.
Sharpen the blades in case they’re blunt before putting them back together. Finally, assemble the components and put them back together for use again.
A garden shear can be a useful tool in maintaining healthy flowerbeds, hedges, flowering shrubs, and bushes if used appropriately and kept well. Keeping this tool in good shape will not only lengthen its overall lifespan but also make it easier for you to nourish the plants in your backyard.