While the ground may be too frozen to start gardening just yet, that doesn’t mean you can’t get your garden tools ready. After all, we are well into spring. Take a look at the steps we’ve compiled below for getting your tools back in tip-top shape for the new season.
Get rid of rust
Even if you think because you cleaned off your tools at the end of the fall, you can skip this step, think again. A lot of times these items accumulate rust while simply sitting in your storage unit, so make sure you scrub off any rust you see on the metalheads. To do so, you may need to use a wire brush or sandpaper. Also, right before you’re ready to put a tool away for a long period of time, grab a rag and apply some oil or silicone lubricant to it. This will act as a much needed protective coating.
Keep Tools Sharp
After a long season of gardening, bladed tools often become dull, while completely losing their edge. This, in turn, makes it harder for you to get your work done. That’s why it’s so important you start each spring out completely fresh, by sharpening your tools. Of course, this includes all the essentials like shears, pruners, shovels, hoes, and edgers. To sharpen your tools, begin by putting on a pair of heavy gloves. From there, lock the item in a vise and place each side of the cutting edge through a metal file.
Take Care of the Handles
Over time, wooden handles usually experience both chips and splinters. This will not only make gardening a lot more difficult for you but could also seriously hurt you in the process. Therefore, if you notice any problem spots, make sure to sand them down immediately. Then, place a layer of spar varnish on top of the handles so that you protect them from wear and tear in the future.
Count Up What You Have and What You Need
Now is the time to take inventory of all the tools you have in your shed. See which items you can use for another year and which ones you need to replace right away. Why would you use broken products? This is only wasting your time and energy. Once you’ve sorted that out, take a trip to your local nursery. Here you pick up what you need for a fantastic new year of gardening.