In case you didn´t take care of your gear at the end of the last season you should do that now. That way you are still able to get a quick start into the new season. The condition of your gear, especially the blades, is the key to a good cut.
If you left your pruners, secateurs, clippers and loppers in your garden shed the last months winter might have harmed them. If you spot some oxidised areas take some steel wool and rub them clean. Check the links and put on some grease for smother operation. Now put on some GARDENA cleaning spray which prevents new rust and is good for conservation.
And don´t forget to check the blades – let them sharpen if they are dulled or even replace them if necessary.
After doing that you will have a good and easy first cut in the gardening year 2013.