How to Take Care of Your Garden Tools

Hoe, rake, pruning shears, saw, shovel … what would our gardens be without good tools to help us take care of them? Thus, just as we pamper our plants so that they look healthy and beautiful, we must properly clean and store our garden tools so that they can help us in this task for as long as possible. Garden Guide shows us how!

Cleaning tools and garden tools are not the funniest tasks in garden care, we all like to dirty them much more than cleaning them, but it is as important a job like any other if we want to have a healthy and beautiful garden. At the beginning of each season, we must have all our gardening equipment ready to work with it in the best conditions, and after each use, we must clean it and store it in an appropriate place.

I recognize that it is tempting to stop doing it because we are going to make them dirty again soon, but cleaning is essential for the tools to last longer and also to prevent the spread of diseases between plants. Also, the pots so helped to create a garden in a patio or even a balcony, can be carriers of bacteria and fungi that infect the new plants that you introduce into them. A clean pot means a healthy start for your plants.

MAINTENANCE of basic garden tools

The tools we use in the garden should be kept clean after each workday, and the ideal would be to have a place to have them tidy and accessible for when you need them again. Not everyone can have a garden shed to store them, but if our garden is not large, neither will our toolkit and a closet or a small chest will suffice.

Cleaning should be done by removing all dirt and plant debris. The soil that cakes on shovels and hoes can be removed by scratching with another tool, an esparto, or under the hose stream if necessary. It is important to remove it to prevent rust and end up spoiling the sharp edges of the utensils.

With cutting tools, it is convenient to be somewhat more meticulous and disinfect them after use. If you cut any part of a plant infected with a fungus or bacteria, there are many possibilities that this harmful element adheres to the scissors and propagates it to the next plant you cut.

We all know the most effective disinfectant, it is bleach, but it is against the fact that it produces harmful vapors and, its continued use, increases the risk of respiratory problems, so there is a tendency not to use it, even in household cleaning. Instead, you can use other disinfectants such as isopropyl alcohol or cleaning alcohol (careful because it is flammable), iodine, or hydrogen peroxide that, not being as fulminant as bleach, is capable of killing most pathogens. You can use a wipe soaked in disinfectant for cleaning, but you will generate less waste if you use a cloth that you can then wash and reuse. Rub all the parts of the tool you want to clean with alcohol and let it dry. It does not need to be rinsed. With cutting tools, you can also.

And the power or motor tools?

The tools that run on the motor are not an exception when it comes to cleaning, although it is true that it is more complicated. First of all, never manipulate the part that cuts with the machine connected to the network and not wet it, it can be dangerous. It is advisable to read the manual of the device in question where handling and cleaning instructions should come.

In the case of cutting tools, it is most likely that the blades or cutting parts can be disassembled to perform the corresponding maintenance. If you wet them, let them dry completely before using them again.

Do not forget the pots and other containers!

The pots are very useful, both for those who want to complement the garden and for those who live in a small space, such as a floor, and can create a beautiful garden on the balcony or in the window. When a plant dies, because it ended its life cycle or because it got sick, we can reuse its container. But before receiving a new plant, we must clean it well, and so if the previous plant dried up because it was sick, we will avoid transmitting the disease to the new one.

In the case of cutting tools, it is most likely that the blades or cutting parts can be disassembled to perform the corresponding maintenance. If you wet them, let them dry completely before using them again.

Do not forget the pots and other containers!

The pots are very useful, both for those who want to complement the garden and for those who live in a small space, such as a floor, and can create a beautiful garden on the balcony or in the window. When a plant dies, because it ended its life cycle or because it got sick, we can reuse its container. But before receiving a new plant, we must clean it well, and so if the previous plant dried up because it was sick, we would avoid transmitting the disease to the new one.

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