Garden Tools Getting Ready for Spring Now

Donna Fossum

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

Start by prepping your landscape for new plantings. Remove grass (it’s dormant right now) from areas you plan to put bedding. Also, 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.

Garden Tools maintenance is especially important:

  • 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 oil before storing.
  • 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.

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

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