Sharpen Up Your
Garden With Sharp Tools!
and the plants in your yard are growing like crazy!
If you want to fight back
your own personal backyard jungle, be sure to use sharp and clean gardening
tools, whether it be loppers, shovels, pruners, hoes, spades or lawnmowers.
Here are some suggestions on how to do it
- Tools will lose their sharp edge if they get wet
and rusty. How can that be possible in Arizona? It’s due to the sap and sticky residue from plants
that is left on tools during pruning. So after a long and hot cutting
session, rinse heavy dirt off tools with water from a garden hose and then
clean them in mild soapy water and dry them with an old towel. If you have been trimming mistletoe out of trees, be sure to wash your trimmers with soapy water and dip in bleach.The
cleaning will get rid of diseases, fungi, insect eggs and weed seeds.
tools before storing them. A little WD-40 or similar oil will help prevent
rust. Even cooking oil will work. Use an oiled rag to rub over wooden
surfaces of any tool as well, like the handle of a shovel.
these tools in a dry, safe location. Don’t leave them out in the yard on
the off chance that you’ll get back to pruning a few hours from now.
your best efforts, you probably will have to remove some rust anyway. In
that case, apply some white vinegar to the rusty spots on shovels or
loppers or hedge trimmer blades. Let these tools sit for a while, then
remove the rust with steel wool and wipe the tools dry. Then oil again.
if you have a whole garage full of dirty, rusty tools? For heavy rust on
shovels, use a drill with a wire brush attachment. For really heavy rust
on hand tools, there are several types of rust removal products available
to speed up the cleaning job.
is worth fixing up your lawnmower. If it costs more than half the value of
your mower to repair it, then you might consider buying a new one. You can even buy a used mower if
the price of new equipment is too much for you.
a good idea to have your lawnmower sharpened every year and get a repair
shop to sharpen your hedge trimmers, chainsaws, knives (kitchen knives too), and scissors as