Gardening Tips

Garden Hose

  • Water your garden either in the early morning or late afternoon but never during the heat of the day.
  • Be water wise, use a broom instead of a hose to clean paved driveways, patio's and pool decks.
  • Store your hose on a portable hose reel in a shaded area. The hose reel will prevent the hose from kinking and the shade will increase the life of the hose.


Saw

  • To greatly increase the life of your saw, loosen it by one or two turns of the toggle when you are finished utting.
  • To avoid twisting the blade when you saw a curve take long full strokes, and saw through the curve.


Sprinklers

  • Water your garden either in the early morning or late afternoon but never during the heat of the day.
  • When purchasing a sprinkler, match the type of sprinkler to the shape of your garden or the area intended to be watered.
  • Be water wise. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean paved areas, patios or pool decks.
  • When using a sprinkler avoid water waste by ensuring no water falls onto paved areas.


Loppers

  • To select the proper place to cut a branch, look for the point that grows from the stem tissue at the underside of the base of the branch.
  • Avoid cutting fencing or wire with your loppers. Fencing can potentially damage, chip and even snap your lopper blades rendering your warranty useless.


Pruners

  • When pruning small branches with hand pruners, make sure the tools are sharp enough to cut the branches cleanly without tearing.
  • Remove structurally weak and dead limbs first. Cut off limbs that appear dead or limbs with leaves that look distressed.
  • Roses should not be pruned before mid July in most regions of South Africa. Pruning late in July and early August is perfectly agreeable to the rose and delaying the pruning even further will result in the roses flowering later in October.
  • Use a Bypass pruner for precision cutting and for cutting green or growing stems.
  • Use an Anvil pruner for non-exacting cutting such as thinning of shrubs and for cutting dead wood.


Shears

  • When shaping a hedge, keep the base wider than the top. This will allow sufficient sunlight to reach the growth at the bottom, keeping it healthy.
  • When trimming a hedge, it is best to start with the sides which are easier to keep straight.
  • When you are cutting, sweep the blades from right to left holding your left hand close to you.


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