Don't Disease Your Trees: Keep Your Lopping Tools Clean And Sharp


Summer storm activity in Australia is not unusual, and this violent weather often leaves many damaged trees in its wake. You know you need to get outside and get your trees trimmed now, before they cause any damage to your home. However, did you know you could do more damage to your trees than any summer storm just by using dirty lopping tools? Dirty tools could disease your trees, so be mindful of these maintenance hints this summer.

Why Do Lopping Tools Need To Be Sharp?

There are two main reasons why you need to sharpen your lopping tools before you use them:

  1. Dull lopping blades mean you will be exerting more physical effort than you need to when trying to make a clean cut through the tree branches.
  2. Rough cuts caused by dull blades can make your tree weak. Weak trees are more prone to be attacked by many types of garden pests, including beetles, flies and bugs.

To sharpen your lopping blades, you need to purchase a sharpening stone from your garden centre. You must be careful when using a sharpening stone as you could cut yourself if you use it improperly. There are three alternatives to sharpening your lopping tool blades yourself:

  • Buy replacement blades for your lopping tool.
  • Ask the garden centre to recommend someone who can professionally sharpen the blade for you.
  • Organize a tree lopping service to come in and do the job for you.

The other thing you need to remember if you are going to do the tree lopping yourself is that the blades need to be clean too.

Why Do Lopping Tools Need To Be Clean?

The blades of your lopping tools need to be clean because if you have previously cut trees that are diseased, you do not want to be spreading the disease over to your healthy trees when you're trimming them.

Cleaning the blades is not a tough job, and you only need to use a bucket filled with warm, soapy water. However, once you have washed the blades it is important you lightly oil them to make sure they don't get rusty. Motor oil is one product you can use to keep your blades corrosion-free. Alternatively, you can purchase blade oil at your local garden centre.

If you do not have the time to get your lopping blades clean and sharp before attending to your trees, get a professional service like Ashmere Tree Solutions in to take care of the trees for you. This way you can have the peace of mind of knowing this year's summer storms are not going turn your trees into dangerous flying debris.


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