There comes a point in your pruning when secateurs, and loppers just won’t do the job.
Do you strain, grit your teeth and pull faces when cutting large branches in your garden that your garden loppers can’t handle?
Let’s face it, the size of the branch is too big but not big enough to call an arborist, so what do you do?
Get a pruning saw and here’s why.
Let’s find out.
- Folding saw is typically straight and limited in length of blade-usually up to 200mm
- Fix pruning saw is curved and used for branches that are greater in diameter than 200mm.
Did you know that pruning saws have less teeth than most woodsaws?
The other difference is that the teeth on pruning saws are larger and sharper, making the job of cutting tree branches easier.
Tony’s Rule: the length of the pruning saw blade determines how big a branch you can cut. Half the length of the blade, is the maximum size of branch that you can cut.
Tony also recommends that , if the chrome coating has worn off, oil your blade after you have used and cleaned it.
If you have any questions for me or for Tony, why not write in to Realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2rrr, PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.
VEGETABLE (FRUIT) HEROES
- Did you know that Blueberries are one of the only natural foods that are really true blue in colour?
- They’re sort of a bluey purple colour and have what’s called a waxy ‘bloom’ that protects the surface of the blueberry.
- This bloom you can rub off with your finger if you’re curious to see what the true colour of blueberries are.
|Blueberry bushes, Floriade Venlo|
- Highbush, Lowbush (wild) and Rabbiteye.
- The fruit of the Northern Highbush is harvested later in the season, from December to April.
- For temperate areas which don’t get too cold in winter, you need to grow the warmer climate Southern Highbush and Rabbiteye varieties (originally grown in the southern states of America)
- These do well on the NSW North Coast and produce high value, early season fruit. These varieties are harvested from June to February.
- For Northern NSW and Queensland, you can grow a variety called Rabbiteye
- The rabbiteye is a low chill, late season variety that’s best at coping with warm and humid summers
- IMPORTANT TIP: Blueberries fruit on the tips of the previous season’s growth.
Once your Blueberry shrub is established new stems will come up and fruit for up to four years initially from the tip to down the whole branch.
|Bees are needed to pollinate blueberry flowers|