How to sharpen garden shears safely

Garden shears cutting green bush
(Image credit: Steven Jenkins)

Remember when you first had your garden shears and they were all sharp and shiny? Learning how to sharpen garden shears can restore them to their former glory and keep them in prime cutting condition. Not only will it make life easier for you, it will be healthier for your foliage and greenery. 

When it comes to gardening season you’ll need well-maintained garden shears alongside the best strimmer and a lawnmower to make sure that you get a good looking garden. A blunt blade won’t help this happen so it’s essential that you clean, maintain and regularly sharpen your shears.

Here we tell you how to sharpen shears, what tools to use and how much you can expect to pay if you get a pro to do it.  

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.