Monday, August 4, 2008

Garden Tools


Here are some helpful tips to caring for your helpful garden tools from The Garden Helper:

  • Always remove all of the soil from your digging tools after each use.Usually hosing is all it takes, but use a screwdriver to remove dried mud.

  • Never put your tools away wet. Allow them to dry completely before storing to prevent rusting and handle rot.Once each garden season, rub linseed oil into your wooden handles to help preserve them.

  • After each use, wipe the metal parts of pruners, shears, and loppers with an oily rag. Alternately, you can wipe your tools dry with a clean rag, and then spray lightly with a penetrating oil such as WD40

  • Sharpen your cutting tools as well as the blades of shovels and spades during the gardening season. A hone or whetstone should be used for sharpening cutting tools. A file should be used to remove nicks and smooth the edge of your shovels and trowels.

  • Thoroughly clean any tools which have been used for chemical applications. Fertilizers and other chemicals will rapidly corrode any metal parts.

  • For extra rust prevention, fill a 5 gallon bucket with builders sand and pour a quart of new motor oil over it. Use this as a shovel cleaner/oiler each time you put your tools away. Push each tool into the oily sand several times. You can also use this bucket as a shovel stand.

If you would like more information, you can check out my previous posting.

1 comment:

Yeswanth said...

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