Christchurch Mail - - GARDENING -

Sharpen up your cut­ting tools with file and stone, tak­ing se­ca­teurs and lop­pers apart if nec­es­sary and get­ting those blades ra­zor-sharp. Your trees – and your wrists – will thank you for go­ing to the trou­ble of hon­ing a keen edge. While you’re at it, tighten the nuts and bolts hold­ing ev­ery­thing to­gether. Slack nuts make for poor cuts, no­body ever said, but it sounds as though they should have, as it’s true. Wob­bly blades mean prun­ing is rough and ready. Torn edges where branches have been re­moved are an in­vi­ta­tion to pests and dis­eases and a clean cut means those go beg­ging. A small shift­ing span­ner is all that’s needed for the job.

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