Friday, April 27, 2012

Proper care and feeding of garden tools.


It's been awhile.  Let's talk about the proper way to care for your gardening tools.  Before using a hoe, shovel or any digging tool, spray the blade with silicone spray, or WD-40. This will keep the dirt from sticking to your tool., Also run a Green pot cleaning pad over the handle to knock off any splinters. Make sure the edge is true and sharp (We can help you out there. :)  Then go dig dirt.
After you are done working, spray any mud or debris off of the tool, check the edge again, spray the blade again with WD-40 to prevent rust, then place it a safe place.
  If you are using pruning shears, hedge trimmers, etc, the same ideas apply, but remember to keep all nuts and bolts tight. Make sure to clean all of the resins and debris off of the blades as soon as you are done with the tool. These can cause rust to for faster, as well as hamper the sharpness of the tools blades.  Electric hedge trimmers CAN be sharpened when dull, but before putting them away, spray WD-40 of the blade, and run them under power for about 10-15 seconds. This will distribute the lubricant to all moving parts and cutting surfaces.
  I'll keep 'em coming, if you keep coming back.

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