With the summer in full force, not everyone heads to the beach. Some people would rather work in their garden.
Though gardening tools are not a major expense, maintaining them is an easy way to save a few dollars and only takes a few minutes after each use.
1- Rinse all gardening tools before storing them ‘til next use. Rinsing will not only remove dirt, it will reduce spreading plant disease from one plant to another.
2- Store your tools where they will be dry, and never put them away until fully dry. Rust is one of the most common reasons for replacing gardening tools.
3- Anything with wood handles, wipe the handles down with a rag dampened with Linseed Oil at the beginning and end of each season.
4- Keep blades and shovels sharpened. A sharpening stone would work great. If you decide to use a grinding wheel, be careful to not alter the shape of the edge/blade.
5- Paint your tools as needed. If the paint starts to wear, repaint with a Rust-Oleum applying a few thin coats, not one heavy coat.
6- Spray all moving parts with White Lithium Grease (not WD-40 or Liquid Wrench) at the beginning and end of each season. Repeat during the season if needed.
7- Make sure all handles are secure. Most handles are crimped in, if they start to loosen try using a nail and a hammer to indent the metal to the handles. If that doesn't work, pre-drill a hole and put a stainless steel screw in to hold it.
Keep those gardening tools in good shape and they will last a lot longer.
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