Fall Garden Tool Maintenance

Fall is upon us. Time to start cleaning up our gardens and our garden tools, preparing them for spring. As much as I try not too, sometimes I forget my garden tools in the yard. Between the moisture and the use that they get, they have become a little rusted and dull. Here are some tips for cleaning and maintaining them so they are ready to go for next year.

Cleaning
  1. Begin by giving your tools a good deep clean. In a small bucket or large bowl, mix water and vinegar in a 1:1 ratio. Soak the tools in the vinegar and water for 15 to 30 minutes. Remove from water and rub firmly with a cloth or rag. If the tools were only slightly soiled and aren’t showing much signs of rust move onto sharpening your tools.
  2. Place the tools back in the vinegar and water and allow to soak for another 15 minutes. After the soak, rub the tools with a piece of steel wool or a wire brush to remove all signs of rust and stickiness.
Sharpen
  1. Use your favorite sharpening tools and sharpen the tools following the beveled edge in a downward motion.
  2. Finish the sharpening process with a polishing stone, again moving along the beveled edge in a downward motion.
Moisturize
  1. Finish the maintenance by sealing your tools with an oil to prevent rust and to help keep them sharp. You can rub mineral oil, linseed oil or even vegetable oil if you are in a pinch.

Happy Gardening!

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