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How to save garden tools when the summer ends

If you're the type to hold your gardening tools against a tree or leave them on the porch, you'll probably need to buy new tools regularly. Rakes, hoes, shears and shovels do not hold up well, even if they are supposed to get dirty.

Where to store your tools and how to prepare them for storage. Here is what you need to know for your garden tools to weather the cold seasons well.


Remember to remove rust and show some love for the tool handle. [19659005] Taylor Martin / CNET

Preparing and Cleaning

Before storing your tools, clean them. Spray each one with a garden hose to remove dirt and dust. Let them air dry, then look at each one well.

If the metal parts show signs of rust, you have to do something. Spray the rusty area with WD-40, Blaster, 3-in-1, or other type of penetrating oil until the rust is well saturated.

Let the tool sit for about 10 minutes and then scrub the grate with a coarse emery paper. Finish by polishing the surface with a fine sandpaper sandpaper and wiping with a cloth.

To prevent rust in the future, spray metal surfaces with penetrating oil before storing them.

Once you have cleaned and contain the rust, prevent wooden handles from cracking over the winter. Broken handles are a great way to get bubbles and splinters at the next horticulture.

Rub each handle with a cloth soaked in linseed oil. This moistens the wood and also prevents the dry rot.

Find the Right Storage Area

Now that your tools are in good shape, you need to find a place to place them so that they stay.

The best place to store tools is somewhere dry. Your garage, mudroom, storage shed – all good places. You can support most of them in a corner or hang them on hooks.

Shovels need a little more care when storing them. They tend to become dull when stored with the blade on the ground – and a blunt shovel makes digging much more difficult. Hang it up or support it with the handle on the ground.

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