Maintaining Your Gardening Tools

The DIYer

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.


Happy Gardening…..


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