How To Take Care Of Your Gardening Tools

By on 8th November 2018

Although you can’t entirely neglect your garden over the winter, you’re likely to spend considerably less time out there than you do in the spring and summer.

That means you need to ensure your gardening tools are properly stored and cleaned ahead of the colder months so that you’re ready to go once the spring rolls around. If you don’t want to take care of your garden maintenance in the winter, it’s definitely worth paying for gardening services in North London to keep it in good condition.

But back to your tools. The Express recently explained that you should clean and dry your tools if you’re going to be storing them over the winter. A bucket of soapy water will do the job.

Anything with a blade should also be sharpened – the likes of secateurs and shears, for example. You can do this yourself or find a hardware store that can take care of that for you.

Once everything is clean and dry you need to apply some easing oil (WD40 is the most common choice) to stop the metal rusting and to ensure that all the moving parts still move come spring. Finally, pack them away somewhere dry. Plastic storage boxes are ideal for smaller tools. Larger items like spades and rakes should ideally be hung on a tool rack.

If you’d rather not have a shed full of tools and gardening paraphernalia, it’s best to design your garden to be low maintenance. You’ll still want some of the basic tools, but will certainly be able to do without larger pieces of equipment.

Low-maintenance plants like star jasmine, evergreen shrubs and trees, and grasses are all good options if you don’t want to spend too much time beautifying your outdoor space.