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Smart Garden 2020: A new webpage about cleaning your gardening tools

Cleaning and disinfecting pruners

Gardening tools need to be cleaned and disinfected.

People may forget this - especially this time of year when we are eager to get out into the garden. "My shovel looks clean, so it must be clean," you tell yourself. What you have forgotten is that you last used that shovel in your community garden plot. The soil remnants could be bringing microscopic bacteria or fungi into your home garden. 

Or you are pruning your apple trees. One has had its share of problems. Should you disinfect your pruner when moving from one tree to the next? Definitely yes.

But how to clean and disinfect tools safely and effectively? To help, Extension educators have produced a new webpage called Clean and disinfect gardening tools and containers. It provides background in how plant diseases are transmitted on tools, when to clean them and with what product, and how to do it successfully. We hope you'll take the time to read it and ready your equipment and slow the spread of plant diseases in your garden!

-- Julie Weisenhorn, Extension Educator, Horticulture

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