Bypass secateurs are another essential tool for beginners, as they’re needed for pruning, clipping and tidying.
Isobel said: “Considered an ‘investment’ piece by some gardeners, it can be worth spending a bit more on these so expect to pay upwards of £20.
“Secateurs do need maintaining – keeping them well-oiled and sharp will prolong their lifespan.
“Some come supplied with spare blades and springs, and a brightly coloured handle also helps if you tend to throw your secateurs in with the garden waste!”
Isobel recommends the Burgon and Ball Bypass Secateurs, which are RHS endorsed.
Bypass Secateurs – £20.99, Burgeon and Ball