PRUNING BASICS

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Use clean sharp pruning tools to min­imise dis­ease risk. Rub­bing blades with steel wool dipped in oil pre­vents rust and keeps tools in good work­ing or­der. Use a strong enough tool for the job. Se­ca­teurs cut up to pen­cil thick­ness. For larger branches use lop­pers. Branches over 20cm thick need a pruning saw. Stand back! Look at the whole tree be­tween cuts. Ob­serve and pre­serve its nat­u­ral shape. After pruning, plants need wa­ter to sup­port the rush of new growth. Pro­tect your­self from in­jury by us­ing the right tool for the job and wear­ing sen­si­ble cloth­ing such as leather pruning gloves.

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