Sterilize hedge trimmers?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Toatlandscape, Oct 13, 2002.

  1. Toatlandscape

    Toatlandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    Does anyone spray down your hedge trimmers between jobs? I was talking with a nursery owner and he told me that WE as a group are most responsible for spreading tree and shrub disease. He says a simple spray with Lysol or similar will kill germs before moving on. This is something I have never thought about. I do spray with a WD40 type spray befor beginning the day but not at each job. He did not know if this will kill germs or not. Any thoughts?
  2. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    That's an interesting point you make. I wonder if these diseases aren't airborne though. It does make me think. I use the WD-40 too, but I don't think it kills germs.

  3. Ryan Lightning

    Ryan Lightning LawnSite Senior Member
    from CA
    Messages: 554

    diseases is pretty much everywhere. The problem with them being on your edge trimmers is, you make a wound while prunning, and that lets disease in.
    This could be a big problem if your prunning alot of trees are bushes and your going from prunning diseased trees to healthy trees. I clean my cutting tool every once in a while, but I will clean them after a job, if I know I was prunning are hedging a tree a bush that looks like it may have a disease. You can also use bleach and water 50\50, and dip your tools, are even chainsaw in between cuts are trees.
  4. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    I was told that same thing in a seminar a few years ago at Rutgers.
    They were saying to wash the pruners, like the Felco and loppers.

    The same holds true while cutting diseased lawn -- Red Thread can be carried from lawn to lawn by mower deck. I am not sure about other diseases, but since you are cutting and opening up a wound on each blade, it is likely.

  5. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,469

    "Cork Crown Gall" if I have the name right easily transmits by a trimmer. It's bad stuff. Once the shrub has it, it's done for. But, it takes time. I did it to my own shrubs before I realized it...... It looks like cork ball around any part of a shrub's stems.
    Hope this helps,
  6. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 829

    I use "Windex" that I keep in the truck for the windows and anything else I need it for. And no I am not "Greek".;)
  7. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    :confused: ?????:confused:
  8. smburgess

    smburgess LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 467


    Shouldn't be used on hedgetrimmers, it's a petrol based product, not to good for the plants.

    Should use silicon based lubrication.
  9. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,068

    I hate trimming bushs and hope they all DIE!!!!! :rolleyes:
  10. Toatlandscape

    Toatlandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    I haven't had any problems so far with WD40 ( that I know of) but what is a silicon based product. Are they the ones that are not flammable?

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