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Take Care of Your Gardening Tools

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on October 5, 2012

As garden season winds down, it is a good idea to take some time to maintain your garden tools before you put them away for the winter.

  • Remove all dirt and debris from them with a garden hose and a stiff brush.
  • Sharpen all the tools that cut and cultivate in your garden.  A metal file or honing stone will sharpen the tool and fix any rough edges.  It also makes the tool easier to use next year
  • Apply a light coating of motor oil or honing oil to your tools to prevent rust.  Use a rag to coat the tool and wipe off the excess oil.
  • Store tools away from the elements, off the floor, with each tool on its own hook.

These tips will keep your tools working right for a lifetime and make gardening easier when spring comes.

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Tiger Turf February 28, 2013 at 7:34 am

The motor oil tip is a good one, as all of my garden tools do seem to rust quite quickly. Thanks for the advice.

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Edna Owens May 30, 2013 at 6:11 am

Thanks for sharing Stephanie. I have always struggled with my tools and they rust quickly. I have tried a lot of things to keep them in good condition. Indeed, the motor oil tip was helpful. Hope to read more. Thanks. Cheers.
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