MAINTAIN GARDEN TOOLS
The better a tool works, the less you have to. If you take the time to maintain your gardening tools at least once a year, like at the end of the season, you can have tools that will last for years, if not decades. These maintenance tasks are easy and help you save money over the long term, while making your gardening work go smoothly in the short term.
Before You Begin
Taking care of your tools all season will make end-of-the-season maintenance even easier. Protect your tools and make it a routine to clean your tools after each use with water, dry them thoroughly and apply a light coat of oil to all metal parts. Use a stiff-bristle brush to clean stubborn, hard-to-remove dirt. Be sure to store your tools off of the ground and somewhere indoors, away from the elements and excess moisture.
You should have a space where you can inspect your tools and perform the necessary maintenance tasks, such as a worktable. Cover it with newspaper or plastic sheeting to protect the table and make it easier to clean up after you're done with the job.