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What's one trick to keeping your garden alive for longer? Regularly pruning your annuals and perennials. Removing dead foliage and picking off spent blooms will encourage new growth, and your planting will likely come back looking fuller and healthier than before. Not to mention, your garden will stay in tip-top shape throughout the season.

For example, deadheading geraniums will help promote prolific growth so plants will show off vibrant flowers throughout spring and summer. Snipping stray shoots off tomato vines helps the hardworking limbs that are holding up the fruits get more water. Basil plants seemingly double in size after being cut back (which is all the more reason to incorporate this aromatic herb into seasonal recipes). Devote a few minutes each day to grooming your garden, or tackle the whole thing on a weekend afternoon. Before heading outside, make sure your tool basket is equipped with pruning necessities—like a hardworking pair of shears.

Don't be deceived by the compact size and budget-friendly price of the Vivosun Gardening Hand Pruners—these sharp, stainless steel shears are tough enough to handle even the most stubborn of stems. This handy tool is Amazon's choice for flower pruners, and it's also the number one best-seller in its category—with over 4,000 rave reviews from happy gardeners (BUY IT: Vivosun Gardening Hand Pruner, $7; amazon.com). Even better, this pair is about half the price of its competitors.

Vivosun Gardening Hand Pruner
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The shears' durable stainless steel blades won't rust over time. Their narrow tips can fit into hard-to-reach spaces, and their sharp design allows for clean, accurate cuts. The base (available in orange or blue) features comfortable grips that help ensure the shears won't slip out of your hand. Vivosun offers a helpful tip for washing sap and other sticky residue off the shears' blades when you're done shaping up the flower beds and tending to the vegetable garden: Soak the blades in a small glass filled with olive oil for a few minutes, and then wipe them off with a towel. These small, lightweight pruners tuck easily into your tool belt. Close the latch on the blades to store them safely until it's time to return to the garden. Shop the popular shears on Amazon now.