We all know that gardening is an example of hobbies that are able to canalize your interest and also enhance the aesthetic value of your house as well. For the people who are really in love with gardening will probably go crazy over flowers, plants and also garden tools once they meet one of these items in the markets. The feeling and excitement will probably be the same to those of fashion lovers once they saw new arrival clothes. However, one of several problems that are usually experienced by gardeners is the garden tool maintenance problem. There are several people out there complained that it is quite hard to maintain the sharpness and physical appearance of their garden tools.
Actually, maintaining garden tools is not as complicated as it may seem. However, you just need to be considerate, patient and not lazy. The main point in maintaining garden tools is to clean them straight away after you used them for your gardening activity. The cleaning ways may vary from one to another garden tool so you need to learn further about this matter. Fortunately, today we are going to have a brief discussion about maintaining garden tools. Do not worry, these maintenance ways are easy and simple so you can definitely do it by yourself at home.
Basic Garden Tools Maintenance
The first and most basic garden tool maintenance as it has already been mentioned above is to clean them after right away after use. By doing this simple action you will remove the dirt and clump of your garden tools. After you have done cleaning the garden tools, do not forget to wipe them clean before storing them in dry place.
If you meet any rust on your garden tools you need to immediately remove it, do not wait the rust to worsen. You can rub or sand them using stiff wire brushes so the rust can be scraped out. Before storing them in a dry place it will be better to coat them lightly with oil for metal tools and linseed oil for wooden tools.
Sharpening Garden Tools
Another issue in garden tools maintenance is the lost of sharpness for some tools such as hoes, shovel and also pruners. The maintenance and cleaning process of shovel and prunes is a bit different so we are going to talk about the sharpening way for shovel ad hoes first. First of all, it will be better if you put the heads of your hoes and shovels securely by fastening them in the workbench or vise. You can angle your file at forty five degree then stroke the shovelhead in a long one along the edge of the file. Remember to do it in one way only so there will only be one edge that sharp. After the sharpening process do not forget to spray the garden tools using WD-40 or oil so they will not rust.
On the other hand, the garden tool maintenance for pruners is a bit different. You need to disassemble the pruners then remove the blades’ sap buildup. Mineral spirits will be the best choice to do this cleaning job. Afterwards, you can sharpen the blades with similar process of sharpening shovels using whetstone. Lastly, you can spray anti-rust oil before reassembling the pruners.