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  GARDEN TOOLS
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Ideally, garden tools should be cleaned after every use to remove soil.  Cleaning gardening tools helps prevent rust from forming, keeps edges sharper, and removes soil and sap. (If tools are used to prune or remove a diseased plant, they should be cleaned and disinfected before being used on any other plants.)

Start by giving your tools a good scrubbing to remove any mud and grit from the blades and handles. Use steel wool or a wire brush to scrub away any rust that has accumulated on metal parts. Dry as thoroughly as possible, then set them aside overnight so they can dry completely to avoid trapping moisture.

Use a metal file to lightly sharpen the edges of tools. You don’t want to grind away too much of the metal, just use it to smooth out nicks, and give a nice clean edge.

Using a clean rag, apply lubricating oil to both the wooden handle and the metal blade. Rub the oil into the surface then wipe off any excess. The oil will help prevent rust and condition the wood to keep it from absorbing water and prevent cracking. (cooking oil. is fine but some prefer linseed oil)

To keep small trowels and hand-tools rust-free and easy to find, fill a large flower pot or bucket with sand and add vegetable oil. Mix well and then insert the metal ends of the tools into the oiled sand.
If possible, hang larger tools from hooks or a pegboard to prevent warping of the handles and to keep metal off the floor. (dry)
Performing maintenance on your lawn mower now you’ll be able to get mowing right away when spring arrives and be less likely to cause damage to your mower’s engine or lawn from dull blades or malfunctioning parts. Many people opt to take their mowers to a professional for lawn mower service, however some prefer to perform this maintenance themselves. Please take all precautions (read the manual) when performing lawn mower maintenance.  

 

 



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