Sunday, June 26, 2011

Care of Gardening Tools

Keeping your garden tools in good shape is easy to do and will save you time and money in the long run. Here are some tips to help you do just that!

1. Clean your tools after each use. Rinse them down with the hose and scrub off any dirt. Taking a couple minutes to get the dirt off will make it easier the next time you need them.

2. Use some automotive paste wax or some petroleum jelly to wipe the tools down before you put them away to keep them from rusting.

3. Use boiled linseed oil to care for wooden handles. Work outdoors and wear some gloves. Rub the oil into the entire length of the handle. Then use a clean cloth to wipe off any excess; the oil will keep your wooden handles from drying out and splintering. (Put the cloth into a can of water when you're finished, so there is no chance of spontaneous combustion).

4. If you're using small tools, slide some bicycle grips over the handles, they will cushion your hand so you're less likely to get blisters. Plus the bike grips will protect the handles from getting chipped and banged up.

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