Garden Tool Maintenance

Heidi Hunt
October/November 2005
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MATTHEW T. STALLBAUMER


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Don't forget to clean and condition your garden tools before putting them away this winter. You'll thank yourself as soon as spring arrives and your tools are clean, conditioned and ready for action.


Wooden Tool Parts:

  1. Rinse or brush dirt off wooden handles.

  2. Use fine sandpaper to remove any splinters.

  3. Finish with a light coat of linseed oil.



Metal Tool Parts:

  1. Use a wire brush to whisk off any dried dirt.

  2. Sand with fine steel wool.

  3. Sharpen all blades and cutting edges with a file.

  4. Apply a light coat of WD-40 and store tools in a bucket of dry sand to prevent rust.








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DEBORAH KILEY
10/30/2005 12:00:00 AM
When you change oil in your mowers pour the used oil into the bucket of sand. Then when you use your tools through out the season, clean and push into the oily sand and hang or house the tools. Keeps shovels,hoes,trimmers and axes in ready to use shape,plus recycles used oil. DK/Seven House Farm














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