A good gardener is nothing without good tools. And for good reason, quality tools in good condition are more efficient in the garden and less tiring to use. Not to mention that maintaining your garden tools also reduces the risk of injury and avoids spreading diseases from plant to plant with contaminated tools. And let’s not even talk about the ecological benefit of keeping your tools as long as possible! Generally carried out at the approach of winter, the maintenance of garden tools is therefore a necessary step. Here’s how to do it!

1. Clean tools

Normally any garden tool or agricultural piece should be thoroughly cleaned after each use. But, in reality, it is rarely possible, for lack of time or motivation. A major annual cleaning is therefore all the more essential in order to be able to reuse your tools in the spring.

To do this, you have to rub. Unfortunately, there is no other miracle solution. So, collect your secateurs, rakes or even spades and clean them with a brush and soapy water. Then remember to dry them well to prevent the appearance of rust. And if rust has already appeared in several places, then use steel wool to remove it. If that’s not enough, soak rusty tools overnight in a mixture of white vinegar and water.

Also note that you can use rubbing alcohol on the blades of the tools in order to more easily remove stubborn residues, such as resin. It will also have a very useful disinfectant action to prevent the spread of diseases. Ideally, this should also be done after each use.

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Good to know : if you have the soul of a handyman, do not hesitate to repair everything that can be repaired or to replace worn parts (handles, screws, springs, etc.).

2. Sharpen tools

Working in the garden with dull tools can be backbreaking and even dangerous. It is therefore strongly recommended to sharpen (always from the inside out) the blades and other teeth and claws of the tools regularly.

So, get a metal file for soil tools, such as hoes, spades or hoes. For cutting tools, such as knives or pruning shears, a Whetstone is perfectly suited.

3. Protect tools

Finally, garden tools should be protected before they are stored for the winter. The goal? Find them in such good condition in a few months.

First, go from sandpaper on all wooden handles tools to remove all splinters. Then apply a layer of linseed oil on these same handles in order to waterproof the wood and thus protect it against bad weather.

Next, make way for the metal parts. These must in fact be coated with paraffin to prevent the appearance of rust.

Finally, store your tools in a clean and dry placeif possible in height.

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