With Winter coming to an end and Spring just around the corner, I'm starting to think about getting my garden prepped for the new season. Therefore, getting all of my garden tools prepared for work. In this blog, I go through my top tips on how I care & maintain my garden tools throughout the year.
Why is it important to clean garden tools?
Quality tools are designed to last many years, but they must be cared for and regularly maintained. Maintaining garden tools and equipment is essential to their longevity and making sure they last you for many years to come.
But tool maintenance doesn’t have to be total drudgery. If you take a few minutes after every use (even every couple of uses) to care for your tools, you’ll save yourself hours of elbow grease at the end of the season.
Where should garden tools be stored?
When it comes to the best place to store your gardening power tools, some spots are better than others. Anywhere that is dry, warm and protected from the elements will always be a better option than leaving them outdoors or in a damp environment.
Also make sure to hang your tools rather than standing them. This will also help with moisture prevention. The garden shed is the best option, kept up high & outside in the rain is definitely somewhere you want to avoid. In the past, I’ve been guilty of leaving my tools outside in the rain- therefore paying the price of rust.
How to prevent rust on garden tools?
Ensuring you have the right tools to help protect and care for your tools is important. Our full Gardening Maintenance Set contains everything you will need to help protect and elongate the life of your blades, knives, snips, spades and other metal gardening tools from rust and corrosion. This includes ourTool Maintenance Oil, our Tool and Plant Pot Spray, blade sharpener, bronze tool cleaning brush and cotton cloth.
If rust has already occurred, then a vinegar bath would be the best solution.Best used on items that are all steel or on tools with significant rust, a vinegar bath takes very little elbow grease to work away the rust once soaked. Despite the fact the item needs to sit overnight for the best results, this rust removal method is simple to perform and can be left to work without the need to keep an eye on it.
I can’t wait to share some more garden tips as we make our way through the Spring, but as always, please do share some of your favourite tips on how to preserve and maintain your garden tools too. I would love to know.
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