Hoes, spades, rakes, trowels, the list is endless! They are literally a gardens’ lifeblood. But, do we really take count of how much we spend on them? Whether it’s in repairing broken handles or replacement of lost or completely worn out tools, our gardens do eat a chunk of our annual expenditure. We cannot really do away with this but we can minimize unnecessary costs through the following:Sponsored Links
1. Go for quality
A tool isn’t just a tool. The market is full of cheap options, which might tempt you. For those who need something for a onetime job, it is okay to go for these. Dedicated gardeners however must consider the long-term implications of spending decisions. Thick iron made tools are good but if possible, go for steel products, which will not burden you with too many cautions.Sponsored Links
2. Keep rust away
Rust not only eats away tools but also give them an unsightly view. Fortunately, various interventions like applying a thin grease coating on the metal surface before storage do help. You might also consider repainting your rakes to save you from constant greasing.
3. Right tool, right useSponsored Links
The most susceptible tool to wrong use is a knife. Certain types of knives are neither meant for curving holes on wood nor digging the ground and therefore should not be applied to such tasks. It causes them to be blunt and therefore necessitating frequent sharpening. This causes quick wear and so you will always be planning for replacements. Avoid using the butts of trowels, knives, or spades for hitting nails or other objects if you wish to keep away from the repairs store (or the doctor!)
4. Keep tools away from the sunSponsored Links
Yes! They are meant for outside use but, too much exposure to sun is not really healthy for tools especially those with wooden handles. The heat not only causes fading but also facilitates splintering. Do them a favour by keeping the tools in the garage or somewhere else.
5. Give them some sharpening
To preserve cutting tools, avoid using them when blunt. The handles of chisels or knives are forced to bear excess pressure during use and too soon, they fall off.
6. Apply finish
The finish on wood does not only give it beauty but also serves a protective function. To delay effects of harsh environment on these your spade handles, apply a thin layer of shellac or any other coating when they start to wane.
7. Keep prying eyes away
If you have an open yard, your beautiful tools may just attract somebody from the neighborhood. The short time you use to go inside for some milk is enough to make your best trowel disappear, forever. Once you are done with a tool, try to keep it where it is invisible.
Giving proper care to your tools will ensure you get the longest service possible from them. The ways listed above together with your manufacturers’ directions will contribute to longevity. Also, avoid using broken tools until they are repaired. In this way, you will prevent further damage while also protecting yourself.