The cold days of winter will soon be upon us. It’s time to be thinking what plants need pruning and how do I properly prune my shrubs, fruit and shade trees and fruiting vines and ornamental vines.
Yes I do know that some places in this big old world, Christmas will mark the start of Summer, but, summer is not a good time for tree pruning… Big Smile….
Remember, always use the proper tool for the job at hand. Don’t attempt to prune your apple tree using an old worn out pair of hedge trimmers. Almost as bad is having the right tool but you have failed to care for and it properly. It is rusty and in desperate need of having it’s cutting blade(s) sharpened.
Not all is lost. Using a bit of 120 grit sand paper or steel wool, carefully remove all surface rust. Oil all hinge points and wipe all metal with a small amount of good quality oil, something like 3 in 1 machine oil.
If you don’t have one you will need a 6 or 8 inch good quality fine cut file. You can have a ‘good’ file or you can have a ‘cheap’ file but there is no such thing as a good, cheap file! You can expect to pay about $10.00 to $15.00 for a fairly good quality file. For the small amount that you will use a file there’s no need to spend $35.00 or more dollars for a file. On the other hand don’t waste your money on one of those $4.00 or $5.00 cheap files.
If properly cared for a file will last you 50 years or more. Whether it be a pair of pruning shears, hand trowel or your garden hoe, a sharp tool is a delight to use.
Buying your pruning tool(s). Most of us will have no need for anything as aggressive as a chain saw, or tree saw, but, we will need at least 2 different types of pruning shears. First is a ‘Good’ quality pair of small hand held pruning shears. Expect to spend $15.00 to $20.00. Don’t forget properly cared for they will last 20 years or more. Second you will need a pair of long handled lopper shears to cut the larger vines and limbs on your trees, shrubs and vines. Long handled loppers can be had for about $20.00 to $30.00 at most better hardware stores.
** Helpful Hints
Use the right tool for the job at hand.
Sterilize you tools when moving from one plant to the next. This will help prevent you from spreading disease from 1 plant to another.
***Sterilize using 1/4 cup household bleach in 1 gallon of soap water. Wipe tools dry before using on your next plant. (Dry and oil tools before putting them away after your pruning job is complete)
For those among us that don’t believe in Christmas, feel free to have a really crappy day. For everyone else I Wish You A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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