SHARPEN YOUR CUTTING TOOLS
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.