Garden tools make our jobs as gardeners a heck of a lot easier, and the best way to say thank you to your garden tools is by keeping them in good shape. Although their metal and wood exteriors may look strong enough to withstand anything you can throw at them, caring for your garden tools is necessary to ensure they last.
Take a few minutes after working in the garden to wipe away dirt from shovels and trowels before it dries on and becomes a true chore to remove. Always dry your garden tools before putting them away to discourage the formation of rust on the blades. Sharpen blades on shears and tillers every few months. Most importantly, keep your tools in a covered location, away from rain and sun that can dry out and splinter wood handles. Occasional wood conditioning may be a good idea to keep handles smooth and comfortable to use.
Garden tools that are maintained not only look nicer, they usually work better. After finishing up gardening chores, always take a moment to clean up your tools before putting them away. Caring for your garden tools doesn’t take much time, and it will soon become just as much of a habit as caring for your garden.