Fun Fall Container Gardening
Sometimes we are pushed for time, or we forget to take proper care of our garden tools. Dirt can accumulate on them, or they can become damaged and rusty. This is very bad for the tools and it really isn’t very good for the garden either!
During the winter break, there is less work to do in the garden, and many of the tools that we usually use for lawn care are put to “rest.” What better time to clean these precious allies that help us all year long to make our garden such a wonderful and lovely place?
So here are some simple tips to help you clean your garden tools during the winter break. You will soon have them ready for action, in good time for the long-awaited arrival of spring!
First, you will need to remove all the dirt and debris from your tools, especially in the area around the blades or pins. Water, a stiff brush and a little bit of effort are all that you will need to clean them well.When they are clean and dry, cover your tools with a thin layer of mineral oil or engine oil.
Use an abrasive sponge made of steel wool and, on the rusted areas, use sandpaper. These methods are very good for removing any oxidation on bladed tools, such as scythes, saws or rakes, which have teeth or small spaces that are hard to reach with a cloth.
Soak any rusty gears in a vinegar and water solution for 24 hours. Remember to dry them hanging in the air: if you leave them on the ground to dry, new rust and mould could easily form on them.
Clean wooden handles with coconut oil, because this will rehydrate the wood and seal any grooves caused by wear and tear. Rub a little flaxseed oil on the metal parts to protect them and to prevent oxidation.
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