Maintaining your pruning shears

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Pruning is one of the most important gardening practices. Cutting off the overgrown branches or twigs of a plant is of benefit to its growth. Every farmer or gardener should understand this practice and put it into action. This practice is not done on a daily basis. There are distinct seasons and timeframes when it should be conducted. Different tools can be used for pruning which includes shears, saws, and secateurs. A pruning shear is a scissor-like equipment that can be utilized for the practice. They come in different sizes with some bearing a long handle while others bear a short one.

Farmers should look for the best pruning shears to be used in their gardens. They can do this by assessing the type of trees that grow in their gardens and the thickness of the branch or stem they want to trim. Trimming your plants encourages proper growth, and one is also able to do away with dead parts of the plant. This habit also boosts fruit production because removing the dead parts of the tree helps eradicate insects capable of damaging fruits. Gardeners lack a proper idea on how they should maintain their equipment to avoid spending a lot of time. Here is how you can maintain your pruning shears.

 

Regular inspection

Check the status of your equipment on a regular basis to see if there are defects on it. Make sure it can perform all its002 functions. Farmers tend to ignore this because they dump their shears once one pruning session is over. The chances of it getting damaged or rust are high because of the timeframe between one pruning sessions to another. Check if all the hinges or bearings are in order because some get damaged and lose motion.

 

Proper blade placement

The blade is the most important part of a pruning shears. Proper blade placement ensures your equipment lasts longer. It also improves the quality of trims performed by your trimming tool. Improper placement may lead to injuries of one’s hands because of the impact caused by the force of poor cutting action. You can sharpen the blades once in a while. Also, check the type of branches or stem you are dealing with to reduce excess damage of your blade.

003Regular repairs

After inspecting your tool, check out the worn out parts and repair them immediately to avoid further damage. Adjust the hinges regularly to improve its workability. Conducting regular repairs will help you reduce the amount you spend on fixing your damaged tool. It also encourages user safety because one can experience fewer accidents.