Garden Tool Prep for Spring

Winter has arrived and it’s time to do our winter gardening chores. There are several tasks you can do to keep up your garden and garden tool maintenance during the cold months.

Garden Tool maintenance is especially important as is prepping your landscape for new plantings.

Tackle tools:

  • Drain gasoline from all gas-powered equipment.
  • Sharpen mower blades.
  • Scrape or brush off debris from hand tools before sharpening and apply a light coat of WD-40 or a similar water-displacing lubricant before putting them away.
  • Check extension cords for cuts and nicks that expose wiring.
  • Sand rough spots on tools with wooden handles and apply a coat of boiled linseed oil.

In the garden:

  • Remove grass (it’s dormant right now) from areas where you plan to put bedding.
  • Collect seeds from plants that have turned brown. Store them in zip-closure plastic bags, labeled with plant name and date of harvest; keep them in the fridge until next year.

Take care of these little chores now and come spring, you – and your garden and tool – will be ready and raring to go!

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