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The quickest way to prune ferns and more

It's that time of year again! Time to clean up the garden from winter. I love this time of year! Working in the garden, the fresh air, sunshine and enjoying the flowers that are popping up from the ground - oh, so fun.

As I live surrounded by woods and have a massive Woodland Garden, I have a lot of ferns! Mostly the native sword ferns and after a cold winter they can look pretty ratty come spring.

In the past I have used hand tools to prune them and they work pretty good but the thing I have found that works the best is my Ryobi battery-operated hedge pruners. Here is my process:

I gather all the fronds together and tie them with a piece of twine.

Then I simply use my hedge pruners to zip through the clump under the twine. Quick and easy. Take off any stragglers that you missed and you're done.

This is what it should look like when you're done.

It is best to do this early in the season, like now, otherwise you may be cutting off the new fronds that are sprouting.

This also works great on grasses, perennials and any other multiple branchng plant.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy spring!

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