7 Essential Ways to Cut Spending on Gardening Tools

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: 

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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.  

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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.

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3.  Right tool, right use

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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 sun 

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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.   

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Conclusion

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.

Great Tips on How to Enhance Your Safety with Garden Tools

Gardening is a challenging but interesting experience. It is a flexible activity where every family member can make an input in one way or another, whether adults or kids. However, failure to observe proper safety practices in handling of tools poses serious risks to many people. Here are a few tips on how to keep on the right side. Garden Tools Put tools to correct usage

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Warnings on misuse of tools are always taken for granted until the reality strikes. Some people for instance, use the butts of knives to drive nails into wood while holding the sharp edge. Many have ended up making deep incisions into their palms some of which have necessitated surgery operations. Avoid such dangers and even if you are an ‘expert’, be a good example to your kids because they will want to try out whatever you do. 

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Children were naturally created to run around. You will find it really hard to stop them from accidentally stepping on your precious flowers once in a while. However, it is your responsibility to ensure that tools are well kept. Objects idling around can cause serious falls or cuts not only to the children but also to anybody else who walks past, unwary of their location.

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The main goal is to place them either where they are out of reach or where they are most visible. If there is no enough space in the garage, use hooks to hang them on the perimeter walls or shade. In this case, though, you will have to stick to more regular greasing.

Use tools at their best

Tools in good working condition will rarely cause injuries. It is a glaring offence to continue using an instrument when it evidently needs a retouch. Apart from causing further damage to it, you expose yourself to otherwise preventable harm. Blunt knives for example may make the user put in excess force, which if misdirected may be disastrous. Also ensure that connections between tool handles and their heads are kept tight to prevent the head from flying off and hitting someone during use. Garden Tools Rusting and tetanus

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Leaving an iron implement on the soil overnight is likely to result in rusting. It is therefore important that you store them in a place free from humidity. During wet seasons, you can place a dehumidifier in your store to absorb the excess moisture in the surrounding.

When contaminated tools cause even a small cut on the skin, they allow tetanus bacteria (which loves rusty places) to enter the body. The first step to preventing tetanus is therefore preventing rust. However, in case of any cut even without visible signs of rusting, ensure you still go for a jab just to be on safe side.

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In case of any object falling on your feet, you will be safe if you are wearing boots. Strong gloves are also good for preventing any cuts. All these are essential for performing any involving tasks. 

Conclusion

The precautions guiding the use of tools may seem easy. Lack of observing them however is tantamount to suicide. Remember to keep your house and yards safe. Garden Tools

How to Keep Rust Away From Your Gardening Tools

Rusting is a universal problem that is not only irritating but also destructive. It is estimated that about 10 percent of the total industrial iron is destroyed completely by this devil. Since most farm tools are made of iron, and garden owners are among the people worst affected. With simple procedures however, you can keep this calamity at bay.

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How does rust come about?

When iron is exposed to both air and water, it undergoes a process called oxidation; where it combines with oxygen to form hydrated iron oxide (rust). If oxidation is not stopped, rusting will continue and it will eat up the whole material with time. The methods of rust prevention therefore aim at stopping either moisture or oxygen, or both from reaching the surface.  Here’s how to stop rusting.   

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Buy stainless steel

Although steel consists of iron, the other metals in the compound such as chromium react with oxygen instead, to form a thin insoluble coat around the material. No reaction can continue under this coat and therefore it remains safe. Steel tools are rather expensive but if you can afford them, then you will save yourself from hustles. However, be wary of cheap steel in the market, which rusts.  Instead, get your tools from a trusted supplier. 

Keep them dry

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Tools left outside are likely to catch rust especially those lying on the soil. It is much better to store them at the garage or shed. Even then, during wet seasons, the storage room may get humid and therefore provide a suitable condition for oxidation. Luckily, you can get a dehumidifier from your local store to absorb all the excess moisture. An air conditioner will also do the trick.

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Apply grease

When planning to store equipment for a long time, it is advisable that you give it a thin grease coating. This prevents both air and water from getting into contact with the surface. Before you do so, ensure you thoroughly scrub it or else any rust that had started forming will continue under the cover.

However, greasing is not recommended for frequently used ground digging equipment such as hoes due to the fact that it prevents air circulation in the soil. You might consider applying car wax in that case. Wax is also easily cleaned unlike sticky grease. 

Put some paint

For less labour intensive tools like rakes, you can apply some paint whenever the original coat begins to fade. Here as well, ensure that the surface is clear of any contamination so as to prevent undercoat rusting.

Other tools like machetes, which do harsh work however, will not be able to retain the paint. And, just like grease, paints should not find their way into earth because they kill micro organisms responsible for aerating the soil.

Conclusion

The key to fighting rust is knowledge and dedication. Always ensure your tools are treated well so that you can reap the most out of them. By observing the above precautions, rusting in your yard will be eliminated.