Clean your Garden Tools
- Clean all of the dirt and soil from your spades, forks, trowels etc. after each use.
- Allow your tools to dry completely before storing to prevent rusting, mould and handle rot.
- Before storing, wipe the metal parts of pruners, shears, and loppers with an oily rag. A shot of products such as WD40 will also do the trick.
- Rinse off tools with soap and water then dry and rub with an oily rag as chemicals such as fertilizers will quickly corrode any metal parts.
- Disinfect old terracotta pots before reusing.
Oil Your Tools
- Especially with old tools, rub linseed oil into the wooden handle of your tools to help prevent drying out and splintering.
- Spray metal tools with WD40 or equivalent to prevent rust.
- Rusted tools should be cleaned with a wire brush, sandpaper and steel wool. Penetrating oil will help with the more stubborn spots.
- Oil tools well before storing for winter.
- Mix builders sand and oil in a bucket to plunge tools into and it will clean and prolong the life of your tools
Sharpening and Repairing Garden Tools
- Use a flat edged file to keep your tools sharpened to maximize their efficiency.
- Pruners, secateurs and shears can be tricky to sharpen so you can leave these types of tools to the professionals. If you use a sharpening stone work on the outer side of the blade not the smooth cutting surface.
- Sanding down a splintered handle then rubbing with linseed oil will restore it to a smooth finish.
- Old good quality but rusted tools that you see at car boot sales can be restored to almost new condition. A good old one often beats a moderate new one (see reuse recycle).
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