Cunningly, these secateurs also have three positions to fit the diameter of the branches and the size of the hand (wide opening, narrow opening, closed). Dipping the blades into a diluted solution of bleach for about 15 minutes should be enough to kill any germs on the blades – but this can cause rust and corrosion if you do not wash the bleach off well. We test each pair of secateurs in an outdoor environment, just how you would use them at home. After a few minutes of filing like this you should see a sharp edge start to appear on the blade, so turn the shears around and file off any burrs that have appeared. Are you just looking for an everyday pair for light trimming, or do you often face heavy set branches? Subscribe to BBC Gardeners' World Magazine and receive 12 issues for 44.99, plus a special gardening bundle! As the blades on bypass secateurs have a scissor design, they're generally best if you're right-handed. Just make sure you invest in a quality product – which means good, sharp steel. Opinel is a chic French knife and tool brand worth having on your radar. In addition to their massive selection of cutting tools, they take pride in their stand out piece; the Spear & Jackson 6758GS Geared Anvil Secateurs. They are strong enough to snip through branches up to half an inch thick, and they are also excellent for cutting non-woody perennial stems. England and Wales company registration number 2008885. They’re well made, sharp and strong, easy to use and long lasting. Two safety locks: A safety lock can be found on most secateurs these days to keep the blades closed when not in use. The rachet mechanism works by locking the blade mid-cut so you can reapply pressure and slice a wider diameter. We’ve been busy testing wheelbarrow loads of garden secateurs and consider the Fiskars PowerGear X PX92 as the best quality garden secateurs on the market. With soft grip handles and an ergonomic design, what more could we ask for? We've reviewed the top mattresses from Casper, Avocado, Nectar and more to help you happily drift into dream land, Here's how to carve a pumpkin neatly, no matter how complex your chosen design, These DIY advent calendars are simple, stylish and are sure to become a tradition to be used year after year, Save a fang-tastic 25 per cent off everything with this Emma mattress deal and get your boo-tiful new mattress just in time for the scariest day of the year, By Jennifer Oksien • Secateurs can get gummed up with plant sap which will dry on and make cutting difficult, and can even cause the blades to rust. Plus, they're versatile enough to handle anything up to lopper-sized branches. Smooth blades all have their limits, says Jake Hobson. Jack's Garden is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk. Bypass secateurs, meanwhile, are best for precision pruning, as they’re designed to get into small gaps and leave a clean cut without crushing, which is essential when cutting back beloved plants in the spring to encourage growth. These are strong secateurs that cut through hard woody prunings with ease. You'll receive two each of three varieties, including 'Autumn Bliss' - as featured in last week's Gardeners' World programme. 10 best secateurs and garden shears for pruning your garden Keep your roots, shoots and tendrils at bay with these essential tools. Investing in strong steel has a second benefit: it circumvents the need to buy 'ratchet' secateurs, which use an extra spring and cut through a branch in stages. Oil sponge: It’s quite rare, but some pruners feature an integrated oil sponge which you can use to clean and lubricate the blades after use. A BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy winner, these are classic secateurs from the world-renowned Swiss brand Felco. They have the same awkward open and close mechanism that I disliked in the Felco’s – but on the plus side I liked the fluorescent covering, which means you can't miss them in a pile of leaves. Read the full review: Felco 8 Bypass Secateurs review. I’ve scoured the markets for some of the best secateurs in the UK just for you. Kent & Stowe Garden Life Bypass Secateurs review, Burgon & Ball Professional Compact Bypass review, Burgon & Ball FloraBrite PocketPruner review, Stihl PG 10 Classic Bypass Secateurs review, Good Housekeeping, Part of the Hearst UK Fashion & Beauty Network. It has been over four years since I found myself.