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Keywords: Tools and equipment, Pruning

Use the right tool for the job. Bypass pruners (with blades arranged like scissors) make the cleanest cut. Anvil pruners may feel more powerful, but the blade tends to crush small branches, leaving a jagged wound more vulnerable to rot. But anvil pruners are essential if wrists are weak. If bypass pruners aren't working it's time to move up to a lopper or a pruning saw. For a concise discussion of all the various pruning tools go to: http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/pruningtools.html

Date: 2007-04-03
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Garden Tip

Keywords: Tools and equipment

Wondering which brand of pruners to buy? Go to GardenToolReview.com to read recommendations from Genevieve Schmidt, an opinionated and active gardener who blogs at the North Coast Gardening website

Date: 2004-09-02
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Garden Tip

Keywords: Tools and equipment

Seize the opportunity offered by stormy weather to clean and sharpen your garden tools. William Bryant Logan, author of Smith and Hawken's The Tool Book (Workman, 1997), suggests a simple maintenance regime. First scrub the dirt off your shovels, trowels, forks and pruners, then plunge the long handled tools into a sand filled bucket to which a bit of vegetable oil has been added, finish off by wiping everything off with an oiled rag. For pruners dulled by use and abuse a little sharpening work now translates into clean cuts that heal quickly. Fine Gardening offers detailed pruner sharpening instructions with video

Date: 2007-02-20
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Garden Tip

Keywords: Plant diseases--Control, Tools and equipment, Pruning

Wondering when is it necessary to clean or sterilize your pruning tools, and how to do it? Washington State University Extension horticulturist Linda Chalker-Scott offers excellent "how-to" advice. Make sure there is no excess dirt or debris on your pruners before you clean them. There are quite a few impractical or inadvisable methods (formalin? chlorine bleach? no!); her preference is to use ordinary household cleaners.

Another factsheet discusses when to sterilize your tools. Chalker-Scott says that first you must know which pathogen is causing the disease. Then,

  • "if it's a virus or viroid, disinfect your tools.
  • if it's a vascular fungus or bacteria, and/or forms oozing cankers, disinfect your tools. Avoid cutting active, oozing cankers; wait until they dry.
  • if you are pruning irreplaceable plants, disinfect your tools.
  • choose a disinfectant treatment that has been shown to be effective through published research; I would probably not use alcohol but one of the common household cleaners at full strength."

Date: 2014-10-17
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