When you shape or trim shrubs, pull out weeds or cut strong tree branches, the gardening tools loses it sharpness. That is the reason you need to schedule maintenance of your garden tools every year to ensure that they last longer. In fact, it is advisable to sharpen all the blades after cleaning them thoroughly at least once a year and lubricate it regularly. Moreover, ensure that you use the right tool with the right power to do your job.
For tools that have lost sharpness, you may contemplate replacing the tool thinking that sharpening is quite difficult. In fact, it is easier to sharpen the tool and continue your gardening rather than spend more money on buying a new one as the gardening tools are not so cheap that you replace them regularly.
However, note that it is dangerous to use a dull, deformed, chipped or worn out garden tool as you may end up injuring yourself when you work with it.
Sharpening garden tools is a little more challenging than sharpening your kitchen knife. However, with little patience and experience, you can learn to sharpen shears, axes, chainsaw blades as well as pruners. If you are a beginner, start using a metal sharpening file that has ridges on either side. Such metal files are available for chainsaw blades, axes and other gardening tools. Coarse files are used on very dull blades while smooth files made the edges razor sharp. When you sharpen the tool you should keep the tool at the appropriate angle in order to maintain the right bevel required for the tool. Longer strokes give a more professional finish.
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