2009/03/26

Maintenance Hints for Gardening Tool

Gardening has always been an excellent hobby for relaxing, being close with nature, and a great way to reap the rewards of hard work and dedication. However, in order to have the absolute best garden possible, it's important to use the correct tools for the job. The specific gardening tools that you will need will largely depend on the type of garden you have, and what type of plants, vegetables, or flowers you are trying to grow.

The main enemies of all garden tools are moisture (causes rust), and poor or inadequate maintenance that prevents them from doing their job properly or cause them to wear and break. So, the trick to maintaining your gardening tools is to prevent moisture and wear from attacking them. Here are some basic fundamentals for keeping your gardening tools around for a long time.

- Clean your tools after each use
- Store your tools off the ground and in a dry place
- Remove any rust that forms on a tool
- Keep wooden handles smooth by sanding and oiling them
- Keep cutting edges sharp
- Before putting them away for the winter clean them well and give them a coating of oil.
- At all times get rid of the dirt after using the tools and clean thoroughly.
- Completely wipe dry the tools before packing them.
- If the tools contain any chemicals like fertilizers ensure they are totally washed clean.

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