You’ve gone down to Bunnings and picked yourself a bunch of shiny new garden tools ready for spring gardening. Good for you! Now you just have to make sure you get the most out of your purchases by looking after your tools properly.
Here are some tips and tricks to look after your garden investment:
1. A jumble of tools in a shed is not only impractical but it’s downright dangerous. To save your tools and your fingers, organise your tools properly using hooks, wall fittings, drawers and boxes.
2. Get a cart from your local nursery and put your garden tools in it such as gloves, spades and weeders. That way you’ll always know where they are and you can easily transport them.
3. Clean all garden tools before putting them away. Rub metal parts with an oily cloth using a general purpose oil to keep them clean and sharp.
4. Treat wooden handles once a year with linseed oil or beeswax, sanding down any splintered parts beforehand.
5. Wipe blades of knives and saws with vinegar after each use to prevent plant disease spreading.
6. Belt holsters are practical for carrying small tools so why not look at getting one the next time you hit the hardware store?
7. Label paint tins and boxes so you know what is in them.
8. Ensure there are no leaks in your shed. Water is in the enemy when it comes to protecting your tools from rust and wear.
9. Always turn any power points off when leaving your shed to ensure against sparks and fire.
10. Keep sharp and expensive tools out of reach of little handles. A simple tool box with a padlock will do too.