Gardeners who are serious about caring for their plants rely heavily on their tools. This is especially true when it comes to a good pair of pruning shears.
A high quality and great working pair of pruning shears are worth their weight in gold. If you are a truly serious gardener or if you make a living as a horticulturalist, then you understand the importance of high quality garden shears and odds are, you have got yourself a real good pair.
You probably have a set of Swiss pruning shears if you are indeed serious about quality and performance. Without proper care and maintenance, however, even the world’s best secateurs will break down and lose their cutting ability. Here is a brief rundown of the proper care and maintenance of your Leyat pruners.
You should get into the practice of washing down your Leyat pruners or loppers with warm soapy water at the end of each day. This not only helps to protect your blades but it also helps prevent the spread of disease.
Once you are finished washing them down you can use a little vegetable oil to help keep the blades from rusting. Even though Leyat blades have a coating to help them resist rust, it is still a good idea to clean them and rub them with vegetable oil frequently.
It is vitally important for you to keep your Leyat pruning blades sharp at all times. It is highly recommended that you purchase a diamond sharpener for this task. Blunt blades are dangerous to plants and will create ragged cuts, which can increase the likelihood of disease.
To sharpen your pruner’s blades all you have to do is rub them over the sharpening stone. While you are sharpening your blades you should also take a moment to inspect them for damage. If you spot any damaged blades then you might need to replace them. This is the exact reason why Leyat blades are replaceable.
Finally, it is important to protect your pruning shears when you are using them and when you are not using them. Carry them in a leather holster to prevent unexpected bumps and knocks that can cause potentially serious damage.
Take care of your Leyat pruning shears and they will take care of your garden in return.