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When guests arrive at your house, what does your front yard say to them? Although it might be easy to write off your lawn or forget about those flowerbeds, the fact of the matter is that your home can say a lot about you as a person. If you maintain a well-groomed, beautiful lawn, your home will look more put-together and organized. On the other hand, grass laden with weeds might make other people think twice about working with your business or having you over for dinner. I want every homeowner to take a good, hard look at their landscaping, so that they can keep their yard from holding them back.


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Sanitizing Your Pruning Sheers: What Every Home Gardener Needs To Know

Plants can get diseases just like people. Plant illnesses can pass from plant to plant through infected pruning sheers and other landscape supplies in much the same way that human germs are passed through infected needles. Proper maintenance of your landscaping tools is the only way to prevent your pruning sheers and other gardening implements from spreading illnesses. To disinfect your gardening tools, follow the tips and recommendations below.

Disinfect your pruning sheers after every use--or at regular intervals.

Pruning sheers should be disinfected every time you use them on a new plant. Your plants may not look sick, but like people, plants don't always display symptoms when they first contract an illness. The only way to ensure that your pruning sheers won't spread sicknesses from infected plants to healthy plants is to disinfect your pruning sheers every time you trim a new plant.

Of course, if you're like many property owners, disinfecting your pruning sheers every time you trim a new plant probably sounds unrealistic. To limit the spread of diseases between plants, plan to disinfect your pruning sheers at regular intervals. Set a limit--like 5 or 10 plants--and resolve to disinfect your pruning sheers every time you prune that many plants.

If this is your approach, you'll also need to disinfect your sheers every time you prune a plant that has an obvious disease. Sick plants will display symptoms like blackening or browning stems, shriveling leaves and open cankers. Disinfect your pruning sheers after trimming plants that have obvious signs of illness.

Follow proper sanitization and storage procedures. 

To disinfect your pruning sheers, soak them in a solution of equal parts rubbing alcohol and water for 5 minutes, then rinse the tools and allow them to air dry. Over time, repeated disinfection can cause the surface of the sheers to develop microscopic pits that can harbor bacteria. To keep your sheers safe for plants, replace them on a regular basis, or soak older sheers for longer periods of time to kill all the germs. 

Store your sheers off the ground and away from gardening gloves, gardening soil and other tools that have been exposed to dirt. This will help ensure that your gardening tools are clean and ready to use every time you pull them out of storage. For more tips and helpful advice, speak with a customer service representative at your local nursery or gardening store next time you purchase landscape supplies. Click here for information about topsoil in London, Ontario.