How to sharpen secateurs quickly and safely

Orange gloved hand using secateurs
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You’ll want to know how to sharpen secateurs if you own a pair. They are an essential piece of garden equipment and keeping them clean and sharp is crucial to them doing their job properly. A dull blade will not only mean more work for you but could also mean trouble for your plants.

Like the best petrol lawn mowers, electric mowers and garden shears, all garden tools with a blade need to be kept sharp. A dull blade will crush and tear rather than cut, meaning your plants will take longer to heal and leave them more susceptible to disease. 

Here we give you expert advice on how to sharpen your secateurs, why it's worth doing and how to fit a new blade. 

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.