Help/hints pruning a juniper

Ok - I have a slow growing juniper that I am trying to prune - especially away from the house. The dropped needles mat on to the branches below and obscure where I want to prune. I've tried just knocking the needles to the ground and jets of water from the hose. No good. The first works but very piecemeal; the second is useless.
So - how do I get rid of the needles so I can prune.....
Cheryl
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How about a leaf blower?
Gloria

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