If you are looking to save a little money on yard maintenance, you may consider doing some of this year's pruning yourself. After all, the tools are fairly easy to use and online tutorials are just a click away. Before you start pruning, you will want to know what kind of tools are available so you can make sure to have the right tools handy when you get started.
You probably already have basic hand pruning tools like hedge trimmers and shears sitting in your tool shed or garage. These items are a great start, especially if you have a lot of low-lying growth, such as hedges and bushes. Hand tools give you a great deal of control over your pruning so that you don't cut too much. Plus, hand tools also give you more control over shaping your garden. In addition to garden tools, you can also purchase tree pruners that operate with the use of your hand. These are basically shears on a stick that you can guide up into your tree and clip off branches by squeezing a trigger or pulling a string. If you only have a little bit of trimming to do, this type of pruning device is an excellent economical choice.