How to Sharpen and Maintain Gardening Tools (Video)

| 4/29/2016 12:51:00 PM

Tags: gardening tools, tool care, Shelley Stonebrook,

Where would we be without our trusty gardening tools? With a little tender loving care, there’s no reason they shouldn’t last for many years. You can easily maintain your gardening tools to keep them as good as new. Keep the following tips in mind.

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Blast mud off your digging tools with a jet of water or scrub with a wire brush. If dirt has hardened, soak metal parts first before wiping clean with an old rag. Then apply a vegetable-based oil using a clean cloth.

Sharpen digging tools and hoes using a metal file. Keep the angle shallow and work your way along both the front and the back of the blade. Use a vice to clamp the tool still while you work if you have one. Finish by oiling the blade.

Clean wooden handles then smooth off with sandpaper before polishing with a natural, protective oil, such as teak oil.

Clean pruning tools using a wire brush or wire wool if necessary, and then wash them in soapy water and dry them well before storing them.

5/1/2016 8:32:39 AM

Maintaining tools is such a lost art these days. In a society where everything is disposable we seldom think of maintenance. Another good tip is to buy quality tools. Quality garden tools will last longer and perform better than the bargain priced offerings we see at so many of the stores theses days. Regards, Jason @

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