Now that we’re in the full swing of Spring, you might find the need to purchase some new gardening tools. Our advice…always buy the best you can afford. But, regardless of the quality, regularly maintaining your garden tools is a must if you want them to have a long life span.
Whether it’s hand tools or power tools, each tool requires maintenance to assure that they’ll be ready for that next garden task. So, here at Mad4Tools, we’ve created some basic care and guidance tips you can use to make sure your tools are always up for the job at hand!
Clean garden tools
Make a habit of cleaning your tools after each use. More often than not, it’s as simple as hosing down your trowels, spades and rakes or any other apparatus that comes into contact with soil. Doing so will keep weeds, seeds, fungi, and diseases from spreading around the garden. It’ll also remove rust enhancing soil from the steel surfaces which will help extend the life of your garden equipment.
Power tools, like a lawnmower, require a little more maintenance. Cleaning these tools is easiest when done straight after use. Once you have finished cutting the grass, remove any excess grass, dirt, and debris from the underside of the tool. Make sure any power equipment is fully off before doing this!
Never put tools away wet
We’ve all been guilty of leaving garden tools outside on the ground at least once, even in rainy conditions, but we’ll pay the price when rust takes over.
To keep your garden tools from rusting, make sure you allow them to completely dry before storing them away.
Steel tool heads are most susceptible to rust, even after washing and drying. Our top tip here is to spray the steel with either motor oil or WD40 to prevent it from oxidizing.
Maintain wooden handles
At the end of each garden season, inspect any wooden handles which are usually found on garden tools such as spades and forks. If there is any sign of splintering, you might need to sand them smooth. The final thing to do is to rub a finishing oil (linseed or tung oil) into your wooden handles to help preserve them.
Remember our tip about not putting away wet tools? The same applies here! Be sure to wipe away any excess oil before storage.
Sharpen your tools
Sharp tools are safer and more efficient to use than blunt ones. Some local garden centres and tool shops provide this service, but it is just as easy to do it at home.
The simplest way to sharpen cultivation tools such as spades and shovels is to use a fine metal file.
If you want to take good care of your garden tools, proper maintenance includes keeping the edges of certain tools, such as shovels and spades nice and sharp. According to RHS, the simplest way is to use a fine metal file.
- Set the file on the edge of the tool and move away from your body using smooth even strokes.
- Do not drag the file back.
- Lift it from the edge and place it back at the starting position, resulting in a much faster cut.
Generally, it is only necessary to sharpen these tools once or twice a year, depending on how frequently you use your garden tools.
Sharpening of lawnmower blades is also necessary as the blades get clogged with wood sticks and stones from the ground. This can be a bit more complicated and is usually a lot easier to just replace the blades, otherwise seek a professional lawnmowers supplier to sharpen the blades accordingly.
Check out the fuel quality and standard before purchasing. A low standard fuel may require replacement due to containment of debris and can affect the performance of your machine engine.
Cleaning the air filter carbon is vital as it is the most important part for a better performance of the lawnmower. This can be a common problem so if cleaning the filter doesn’t improve the performance it may be necessary to replace it.
Storing your tools
As most tools are generally made from wood and metal, they are susceptible to rotting, cracking and rust if exposed to humid areas for prolonged periods. For those that have stainless steel tools, this applies to you too! Although stainless steel is less prone to stains than other metals, it doesn’t guarantee corrosion won’t happen over time if left out. Storing your garden tools in either a shed or garage will ensure years of safe and productive use.
Garden tool maintenance doesn’t have to be hard…the key is to look after your tools and your tools will look after you.
If you’re in need of some great quality garden equipment and are quite partial to a discount, head to Mad4Tools.com. We are a leading provider of gardening and landscaping equipment at lower online prices!