Getting Your Garden Tools Ready for Spring

It may not feel like it, but spring is quickly approaching. Prepare your garden tools now so when the time comes, you can dive right into your favorite hobby without stress.

Here are some tips and ideas to start your season off on the right foot:

  • Rid of Rust: Check your tools for any rust that might have settled in over winter. Minimal rust can be removed with sandpaper or a wire brush. To help loosen stubborn spots, soak the tool in white vinegar before scrubbing. If a tool is entirely covered in rust, consider replacing it.
  • Sharpen Up: Common tasks like pruning and yard cleanup can take a toll on your bladed tools - such as the Comfort Plus Bypass Pruner - so make sure you inspect your tools and carefully sharpen dull edges. Going into gardening season with freshly sharpened tools will make yard work easier and far more efficient.
  • Power Up: Note which tools require fuel and how much they need. Purchase oil and gasoline ahead of time so you have it on hand at the start of the season. It is also a good idea to check air filters and oil filters at this time and replace where necessary.
  • Organize: Arrange your garden tools in a way that makes them easily accessible. When it's time to hit the dirt, you don't want to waste time digging through a pile of tools. Know exactly what you have and where by organizing tools on a peg wall or a sectioned crate that you can carry with you out to the garden.

 

The Dirt from Troy-Bilt

March/April 2015