Keeping your garden tools clean and sterile is just as important as keeping them sharp! Tools can easily transfer bacterial, fungal or insects from plant to plant. Take a few minutes after each gardening session to be sure your tools are cared for properly.
- Rinse tools with a hose and wire brush to remove any caked on dirt.
- Pruners and shears can be cleaned with a nail brush and soapy water.
- If exposed to disease or pests soak overnight in a wash of 2 cups of bleach to a gallon of water. Rinse with clean water before using them again.
- Always dry your tools thoroughly before storing.
- To prevent rust and corrosion, plunge your tools into a bucket of sand mixed with boiled linseed oil. Soil should be damp, but not wet. Do not use a petroleum based oil.
- For a quick clean as you are gardening, keep disinfecting wipes handy.
- Turpentine and mineral spirits are great for removing sap.
- If rust does appear on your tools don’t despair! Soak then in a 1:1 mix of vinegar and water. Scrub with steel wool. Rinse in soapy water, dry thoroughly and rub with linseed or mineral oil.
- At least once a year take apart your shears and clippers for a thorough cleaning.
- Keep your tools sharp! Dull tools can rip or tear branches making them susceptible to disease. Several times a year we invite Bobby ‘Mac’ The Knife to our property with his portable sharpening van.
- Don’t forget the wooden handles! Minor cracks can be bandaged with heavy duty tape. Be sure and wipe down with a damp cloth after each use. Lightly sand and apply boiled linseed oil seasonally.
When your tools have finally met their demise or when it’s time for an upgrade stop by Kennedy’s. We are proud to carry the DeWit line of gardening tools. Old fashioned quality combined with innovative designs, they are built to last!
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