Today’s report is about sharpening tools. This month at AussieGreenThumb.com is ‘So You Want A Better Garden’ Month, which aims to teach you how to garden. As part of that I am running a 30 day challenge. The challenge consists of daily tasks of about 10 minutes each. I guarantee that if you complete each days task, by the end of September you will be well on your way towards reaching your gardening goals and growing better gardens. Will you accept the challenge?
Day 17 Challenge Recap – If you have tools like secateurs, hedge trimmers or loppers check and see how sharp they are. Try and find an old or dead tree or bush limb and cut it off. You should get a smooth cut. If your tool struggles to cut cleanly you have a blunt tool. Sharp tools help limit plant diseases. There are a few methods for sharpening tools. Some business’ offer sharpening tools as an option. Another option is to buy a tool sharpener. A third method, which is actually what I use, is to buy a good, small metal file. You have to be a little careful with this because you can actually make the tool worse, but even then you can usually fix it. Just try and file to the angle of the blade. If you are not confident doing this, try either method 1 or 2.
As someone who uses my tools regularly on other peoples gardens you will often find me sharpening tools because I need to make sure I use the best on their garden. I used my 10 minutes today to give my loppers, shears and secateurs a quick sharpen using the small metal file that I use. Soon however I will be moving to testing a store bought tool sharpener, I just don’t have time today to really look at how it works. I am pleased to say my three most used tools are now back up to scratch and ready to be used again!
The reason I set this challenge
One of the major causes of disease in plants is using poor quality or blunt tools. Plants are good at healing from cuts but they heal best when the cut is clean. Sharp tools minimise the risk of your plant becoming diseased. Though I myself have never really had a plant get diseased after trimming, I know people who have. It isn’t something that happens heaps but why risk it when simply keeping your tools sharp will help?
Another reason is that sharp tools make for an easier job! If your tool is blunt you will have to apply more force to get it to cut through. If your tool is sharp it will usually glide through with ease, as long as the limb you are trying to cut is within the size for the particular tool you have chosen.
Learn more about buying gardening tools
This challenge fits into the category of buying gardening tools. Intrigued to know more about how buying the right garden tools will impact on your garden? I recently released an ebook called So You Want A Better Garden. Chapter 4 in my ebook delves into the topic of buying gardening tools in a way specifically designed to help beginner and intermediate gardeners know what to look for when buying gardening tools and getting to know which garden tools are most important.
You will discover;
1. The top 8 tools I believe every gardener should own;
2. What to test on a tool to make sure it is good quality;
3. A rough price range to consider when buying garden tools.
And much, much more!
It’s not too late to join the challenge! You can grow a better garden. Start today! The great thing about this challenge is it can run over any 30 day period. Just check out days 1-5 and start from today. You can grow better gardens. Get on with sharpening your tools today!