Garden Tool Maintenance

October/November 2005
http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/garden-tool-maintenance.aspx



MATTHEW T. STALLBAUMER

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.