February 4, 2017

Sharpening Gardening Tools at the Farm

My gardeners and outdoor grounds crew use their tools all year long, so it is important to keep them clean and in good working order.

If you're an avid gardener, you know sharp pruning tools not only make chores easier to complete, but they also make cleaner cuts, which allow plants to heal faster. Making clean cuts also exposes them to less damage from diseases, insects, fungi and weather extremes. Recently, on a cold and snowy day, Wilmer took some time to thoroughly clean and sharpen his long-handled sheers and hand-pruners. Here are a few photos of the process, and a few tips I hope will help you care for your valuable gardening implements.