Bamboo is a diverse plant that can come in diverse sizes and colors. Picking the right pruning tool can be a crucial factor to the health of your plants. It will also determine your success with bamboo crafts if you are planning to utilize the cut stems.
If you are unsure how to prune and trim your bamboo plants, you should read our article first. We went into detail what pruning methods there are, how to practice them, and what to look out for.
No matter what tool you are going to use, be careful and always wear safety gear.
Before you jump into your bamboo grove and start trimming and pruning, you should put on your protective gear. You don’t want to end up in the emergency room. So, you should wear gloves and goggles. I would hope that you have these available at your house.
If you don’t, you can buy them here:
Simple but sturdy gloves with sleeves for men and women (different sizes available)
Clear safety goggles with an adjustable headband so it fits around any head
First of all, we cannot give you one tool that does it all. There are major differences in stem diameters that must be addressed with the right cutting tool.
For simple branches and thin stem diameters (up to 3/4 in / 2 cm), you can use sharp pruning shears like these:
Those pruning shears may exceed their limits quickly though. Pruning shears with longer handles, also called loppers, will give you more power. In addition, they are great for reaching higher branches which will be necessary very likely.
Any larger culms should be handled with a hand saw. It will make your life easier and minimize the cutting problems. Generally, bamboo is a tough material so you may switch to a handsaw for most culms and use shears or loppers for branches only.
And of course, nothing would be complete without the convenient electric hand saw. If you are looking for a less sweaty tool to trim or prune your bamboo plants, this is the way to go. Be cautious, though! Don’t hurt your plant with a too powerful tool.
If you are a fan of topiary design for a breathtaking bamboo hedge, you’ll need a hedge trimmer as well. This isn’t a necessary tool for everybody, though.
When shaping your bamboo hedge be careful not to trim too much at once as it can hurt the plant. Trimming the branches leads to a denser foliage though.
Maybe you are trying to keep your bamboo growth in check. So, you want to trim those new bamboo shoots before they get to hard to eliminate. You can either use pruning shears or one of the saws above.
Another way is mowing them down. This is certainly the quick and dirty way. The only issue will be the clean cut. You may not be able to use clean blades. Therefore, this wouldn’t be my first recommendation.