Great gardens begin with great tools. If your tools are broken or in disrepair, now’s the time to give them some TLC. Then you’ll be ready to dig in when the weather warms up.
- Gather shovels, hoes, trowels, or any other tools that have blades. If they’re dirty, rinse and dry them thoroughly.
- Use steel wool to remove any rust.
- Use sandpaper to smooth any rough spots on the handles of wooden tools and coat them with linseed oil. It will keep the wood from drying out and help prevent splintering or breaking.
- Gather any clippers, pruners, and garden blades and ask if your local Home Depot Garden Center has a sharpening service. Professional sharpening increases tools’ lifespan, quality and makes garden tasks easier.
- To prevent rust from building up, coat metal parts with lubricating oil or motor oil and hang or store them as usual. Or, mix a little lubricating oil into a bucket of clean sand, and stick the metal ends of the tools in it and store.
Each time you finish using your tools, clean them off before putting them away. If your tools are worn out, it’s worth replacing them with the best quality tools you can afford. They’re an investment for years to come.