Take care of your tools, and they take care of you. It is solid advice if you think that well-maintained tools can make outdoor work easier (just try to cut through hard sheds with a dull shovel). By keeping your tool tools, you can use them for many years. Follow these basic tips to take care of your gardening tools and take advantage of your lawns and garden grounds.
A lawnmower or a "lawnmower" needs some maintenance to help you do its best. It is a good idea to give your mower once over before you start it for the first time every spring, says BobVila.com. Tighten nuts or bolts that may have come loose and check belts, filters, guards and spark plugs to see if anything needs repair or replacement. The DIY network recommends that tires, wheels and shafts move smoothly and that the starter cable (if your mower has one) is not worn. You also want to check the oil before each use of the mower and change it if necessary.
BobVila.com also says that you should examine the blade for corrosion and see if it needs to be tightened by a professional. A sharp blade cuts better and can improve the fuel efficiency of gas powered lawnmowers. Also, wash the mower after each use. Remove grass clippings from the top of the mower, DIY Network says. To clean the undercarriage, BobVila.com recommends turning the mower on the side and using a hose to rinse the grass.
Check the user manual for maintenance and cleaning instructions for your specific lawnmower. If you are not comfortable with handling this information yourself, contact a professional for assistance.
Straw Trimmer is good for trimming grass in places where the mower cannot go. Electric trimmers usually require regular checks to ensure that handles and bolts are safe, according to Consumer Reports, while gas models may require a little more maintenance. In the spring replace the cutting line and attach a new spark plug to the gas-driven trimmer. Consumer reports also recommend that the rubbish shield be replaced if it is cracked.
After use, clean grass and other debris, says This Old House. Check the fuel before inserting a gas powered trimmer and storing it upright. For electric trimmers, turn on the battery on the charger or pull out the cord and pull the cord together, depending on your model, this old house says.
Cutting and Excavating Tools
You can go a long way to maintaining cutting and digging tools just by keeping them clean. Slang down spades, spades and other tools after each use, and pull them if the dirt is really cracked on, says DIY Network. Pruners and other cutting tools can be cleaned with a dry cloth. To prevent rust, wipe the metal on your farm tools with lubricating oil. This will also help to clean the juice from cutting tools.
It is also a good idea to sometimes use lubricating oil on all joints on the tools, as it will help them continue to open and close smoothly according to the DIY Network. To keep the springs, store pruning tools with the handles open.
If you notice splinters or small cracks in a wooden handle over time, sand it evenly until it is smooth, says HGTV. Then apply boiled linseed oil every year to keep the wood in good condition. Allow the oil to absorb and wipe off any residue before using the tool again.
You can sharpen boring edges on tools with a straight file, grinder or sharpening, DIY Network says. HGTV recommends that you press the blade away from your body as you file ̵
Keeping kinks out of hoses can feel like a summer sport. A dirty hose not only makes it harder to water your plants, says The Nest – these kinks can tear out the hose. According to this old house, kinks tend to appear in smaller quality hoses or when a hose has been left in the sun for too long. To prevent kinks, the DIY network recommends that it be flushed after each use – you can use a hose reel or just put it properly by hand. Do not store the hose on the ground, but as Nest says it can lead to fungus and finally a rotating hose.
Properly maintained tools can be crucial for having a nice garden and garden. Defending them carefully can make them work well and part of your gardening routine over the next few years.
Originally published on August 1, 2014.