Be Good to Your Garden Tools and They’ll Be Good to You

We all know how important it is to have the right tool for the job, but many of us don’t realize how important it is to take proper care of the tool so that it continues to perform at its peak. This holds true for all tools... especially garden tools.

Garden tools are probably the most neglected of tools. We use them, abuse them, and put them away dirty and wet only to see them rust and lose their effectiveness over time. But with proper maintenance and a little time spent, your tools can last and be effective for many years to come.

Proper Tool Storage

The best advice I can give you regarding garden tools is to put them away. Do not leave them outside! Not only will proper storage keep unnecessary moisture away from your tools, it will also protect your valuable tools from theft. Even when rain is not in your forecast, tools left outside are exposed to moisture from wet grass and dew.

When storing your tools, keep them off the ground so they’re not exposed to moisture on your garage or shed floor. Hanging racks like the one pictured are a convenient way to hang several long-handled tools in one small area. They also help prevent damage to sharpened edges. For smaller tools, try using a pegboard system to hang your tools. organization. If each tool has a space, it’s more likely that the tool will get put away after use. A pegboard system also helps you identify if you have any missing tools. If a peg is empty, you know to take another jog around the yard before calling it a night.

Clean and Dry Tools

Because most garden tools are exposed to dirt and moisture, this is the first place to start when it comes time for tool maintenance. Cleaning and drying your garden tools will keep them in good working order. For shovels, rakes and trowels that come in contact with soil, wash the dirt off with the strong spray from your hose. If the dirt is caked on, keep a brush nearby...


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