Essential garden jobs for autumn
04 October 2023
5. How to care for your tools
Tools can be expensive and if left covered in dirt or outdoors for a while, are a pain to clean.
Cleaning your gardening tools properly and putting them away correctly after use can save a lot of money, time, and hassle.
Trust us - your future self will thank you for it!
Here are some general tips to help your tools last:
- Spades and shovels can be sprayed with a garden hose and scrubbed with a wire brush to get rid of thick, stubborn dirt.
- Use a nail brush and soapy water on pruners, loppers, or shears.
- For lawnmowers, follow the cleaning guide in the user manual and take extra care when cleaning the blades.
- Sharpen tools at least once a year using a whetstone or file. Most local garden centres also provide this service.
- Prevent your tools from rusting over the winter period by sanding wooden and metal parts and then treating them with oil.
Disclaimer: heavy duty or cut resistant gloves should always be worn during this process to avoid any contact with sharp edges. if they don’t feel comfortable selecting the right gloves for this job, visit their local garden centre for advice
Ensure your tools are completely dry before putting them away in a dry, safe place ready for next season.
Putting in the work doing these essential garden tasks at this time of year, while the weather is still nice will help your garden or outdoor space get through the winter.
By following these pointers, you’ll be doing your bit for the environment and being kinder to your wallet through good maintenance now. If you enjoyed reading our blog, head to My Place to find more content on looking after and making the most of your home.