You put your garden tools through a lot of wear and tear during the growing season. All that hard work that your tools do for you puts strain on them. Tools are at risk for rusting and breaking if you don’t take care of them.
Keep Them Clean
The easiest way to keep your tools in good shape is to clean them after each use. At the very least, you should brush off the dirt. Use a brush to get more of the dirt off. You can also hose off the dirt from the tools. Make sure the tools dry thoroughly before you put them away to avoid rusting.
Store Them Properly
It’s tempting to leave the tools right out by the garden. After all, you’ll need them again in the garden the next time you have to do work. But leaving them outdoors exposes the tools to the elements that can cause damage. Rain and sun can break down the tools. Instead, store them indoors. That might be in the garage or a garden shed.
Even inside a garage or shed the garden tools are exposed to some potential for damage. If you put the tools on the floor, they might come into contact with moisture that can cause rusting. Instead, hang the garden tools on the wall so they don’t touch the floor.
Certain tools need sharpening to work well. Pruners for example need sharpening frequently. You can also sharpen the edge of your spade so it breaks through the soil easier. You should always file the edge along the same angle as the original. Don’t oversharpen your garden tools.
You can protect the metal surfaces of your garden tools with some linseed oil. Rub the oil on the tools with a soft cloth. Make sure the tool is completely clean before oiling the metal. You can also mix the linseed oil with sand in a bucket to make oiled sand. Put the tool into the sand several times.
If you do notice rust on your garden tools, take care of it right away. The oily sand can help remove rust. You can also use a wire brush to clean off rust.