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Updated: August 25, 2017
Then disinfest as noted below. Rest clean tools in a bucket of disinfestant or on clean newspaper or plastic sheeting or in an empty, clean container. Or, hang them up so that they do not become contaminated with soil or plant debris. Do not walk on greenhouse potting soil, benches, or on equipment that must be kept free of soilborne plant pathogens unless your shoes have been dipped in disinfestant or are wrapped in clean plastic. Pots, flats or other containers which are used year after year can be disinfested along with potting soil by placing them under the cover used to seal in the fumigant if they are of a material compatible with the fumigant (for example, steam for wood, clay; methyl bromide for plastic, wood, clay). Containers can be submerged in a liquid disinfectant for 10 minutes and then allowed to air dry.
When using pruning tools, disinfestant can be carried in a squeeze, spray or mist bottle. Thoroughly wet the cutting surfaces with the disinfestant and allow the tool to drain and air dry. If sap or resin builds up on the tool, scrub this off with a rag that is kept in the disinfestant. Then dip, pour, or spray more disinfestant onto the tool. Let it drain and air dry or let it soak in the disinfestant for 10 minutes. When pruning specifically to remove diseased plant parts, it is best to alternately use 2 tools so that one can soak in disinfestant while the second is in use.
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