If you spend even a little time working in your garden, you will come to know that there is nothing as vital as having sharp tools. It doesn’t matter if you’re pruning roses or harvesting lettuce—if your shears aren’t sharp enough, they won’t do their job. While it might seem like one of the simpler things in life (after all, how long does it take?), learning how to sharpen a tool correctly takes time and patience. We have some tips on how to get started with this handy task so that your garden shears stay sharp for years and years!
A Sharp blade is safer.
A sharp blade is easier to control. A dull blade can slip easily, which can lead to injury.
A dull blade is less likely to cause damage to your plants. A sharp blade makes it easier for you to make clean cuts, while a dull one will tear or crush the plant’s stems and leaves.
A sharp blade is less likely to cause damage on yourself! A dull blade may cause skin irritation and scratches when you’re working with it, especially if you’re cutting through thick branches of wood or shrubs with lots of leaves!
A Sharp blade is easier to use.
A sharp blade is easier to use.
It’s no secret that using a dull or blunt blade can be frustrating and time-consuming. You have to apply more pressure and make multiple strokes, which can be fatiguing when you’re working on a big project like cutting down trees or pruning dense shrubs. With a sharp blade, you don’t have to worry about straining your muscles; the task will get done in half the time!
There are many different ways that garden shears can become dull over time (and even some ways it might happen by accident). If this happens to you, don’t worry! We’ll walk through how to sharpen them so they’re ready for use again in no time.
A Sharp blade will last longer.
A sharp blade will last longer. A dull blade will have to be forced through the material, which will cause more wear and tear. It’ll also need to be sharpened more often, which means that you’ll be spending money on maintenance instead of enjoying your gardening time. And finally, a dull blade dulls faster than one that’s been properly maintained.
A Sharp blade does a better job.
A sharp blade will cut through the material with less effort. A dull blade requires more pressure, which in turn puts more stress on your body, resulting in fatigue and injury. It also makes it more likely that you’ll have to go over an area several times before making a cut.
A sharp edge will make it easier for you to make clean cuts, too. A clean cut allows for smooth edges when trimming plants or flowers, which means no snagging or tearing of delicate leaves or petals.
Blade sharpening is easy and inexpensive.
Sharpening your garden shears is easy and inexpensive. You can do it yourself in less than 10 minutes for less than $10, using only a couple of items you probably already have around the house. The first thing you’ll need is a sharpening stone—something that’s used to sharpen knives and other tools with blades. The stone itself has two sides: one rough (to grind away metal) and one smooth (to remove burrs).
To start sharpening your garden shears, simply position the blade on the rough side of the stone with its handle resting on a flat surface. Then rub it up and down at approximately an angle of 20 degrees for about 30 strokes (the more strokes you take, the sharper your blade will become), flip over onto its other side so that both faces are now facing up, hold firmly but comfortably in place as before until all four sides have been rubbed once across each face; repeat this process until both sides feel smooth against your fingertips or until they stop making noise when moved back-and-forth across those surfaces.
Sharpen your garden shears now, before you start your plantings.
Now is the time to sharpen your garden shears before you start planting.
Sharpening your garden shears doesn’t have to be a difficult task, and it’s something that you should aim to do once a year. Why? Keeping your shears sharp is important for two reasons: firstly, it makes the job of cutting through branches and twigs easier—and secondly, it extends the life of your shears by ensuring that they’re not bent out of shape or otherwise damaged in use.
If you don’t know how to sharpen your garden shears at home yet, here are some tips on what equipment (or lack thereof) you may need:
- A pair of scissors (to remove any excess dirt from underneath each blade)
- Sandpaper (for finishing off before oiling)
We hope this blog post has helped you to understand the importance of keeping your garden shears sharp. As we mentioned before, it’s not a difficult process and can be done by anyone with a few simple tools. Just remember that having sharp blades makes your job easier and safer, so don’t wait until it’s too late!