I’ve been noticing signs of the shifting seasons for weeks now around the garden, but have been half pretending that summer is going to continue on forever. My to do list is a mile long and unfortunately things are not getting done a fast as I like them to. However one of the things I never fail to do is pruning. In flower beds that are full having comfortable tip snips makes the work of deadheading fast and easy.
Why you should deadhead
As plants fade out of bloom, pinch or cut off the flower stem below the spent flower and just above the first set of full, healthy leaves. Repeat with all the dead flowers on the plant. Sometimes it may be easier to deadhead plants by shearing them back entirely. If I spot a spend flower I might use my fingers, but for larger jobs I like to use Micro Tip Snips.
What to Look for in Micro Tip Snips
When looking for micro tip snips you should look for some that are spring loaded so that they automatically open and close without to much work on your behalf. This greatly reduces hand fatigue and if you are suffering from arthritis, carpal tunnel or hand and wrist issues, you will welcome micro tips with comfortable handles.Backyard Garden Pros 11815 Comfort Grip Micro Tip Pruner Snip $8.97 $12.99
I received the micro snips for review purposes and love them. They are spring loaded and just the right size to feel comfortable in my hands. The stainless steel precision sharpened blades cut off spend flowers with ease.
**ULTRA SHARP BLADES** These quality snips come with stainless steel precision-sharpened blades and are ready to tackle all of your deadheading, trimming, and shaping needs for your roses, annuals, vegetable and small flower gardens. The micro snips also have a sideway locking mechanism that keeps the blades protected from nicks. I like that the tips are long so I can get in between flowers and work fast.