It is time to prune trees and vines. The reason I prune is to control the growth of the plant as well as to get rid of dead limbs or vines. I use two sizes of pruners; one large and one that is hand held. To make my pruning easier and to maintain healthy plants I need to have pruners that are sharp.
First, I clean the pruners. I clean them using a clean rag dipped into warm and soapy water. I then use a clean rag to dry them.
Second, I sharpen them. I use either a file or a sharpening stone. I hold it to the blade at a slightly bent downward position. Next, I make downward strokes along the blade. I then use a rag to wipe off any dust.
Finally, I lubricate them. I use cooking oil, such as vegetable or olive oil. I rub this oil on the blades as well as on any parts that turn.