Thursday, January 12, 2012

Tips To Keep Gardening Tools

What is gardening Tools ?

A garden tool is any one of many tools made for gardens and gardening and overlaps with the range of tools made for agriculture and horticulture. Garden tools can also be hand tools power tools. and 

The hand tools still used by gardeners originated with the earliest agricultural implements used by man: the spade, the garden hoe, the pitchfork, the garden fork, the garden rake and the plough. The earliest tools were made of wood, flint and bone.

The development of metal working, first in copper and later in iron and steel, enabled the manufacture of more durable tools. Industrial metalworking enabled the manufacture of cutting tools, including pruning shears (secateurs) and grass shears.

The first power tool to become popular with gardeners was the lawn mower. This has been followed by a very wide range of power tools, including cultivators, string trimmer, Irrigation sprinklers, hedge trimmers, lawn aerators, leaf sweepers, leaf blowers, chainsaws, and mini-tractors.

Here is a guide for the proper care of your garden tools:

1. Remove all the dirt and any rust that might be on the tool. You can use a wire brush for the surface cleaning. If there are stubborn rust spots, use a rust remover available at most garden centers.

2. Sharpen all cutting tools. Use a file or a whetstone for the job.

3. Check the handles to see if they are tight. Should the handle be loose, it’s necessary to repair it at once. If the handle comes off, use adhesive and set it back on small hand tools.

4. While checking the handle, if it is made of wood, examine it for signs of splits. If there is a split, apply adhesive and clamps, replace the handle (if possible).

5. If the wood is rough, use sandpaper to get it smooth again.

6. Apply a coat of varnish to the wood handles, or rub with an oily rag. They will last longer if you do.

7. Coat all metal parts with oil (I use WD-40), grease or varnish so that the tools remain rust-free during the winter.

8. Store all tools safely in a dry place where they will be out of the way for the winter months – I use a plastic trash can. Protect all cutting edges by covering with cardboard taped to the metal or several layers of masking tape over the sharp edge.

9. Check your lawn mower. Clean it and sharpen it before you put it away for the season.

10. If you have a power mower, it is necessary to put the motor to “bed” for the winter.
Source : Plant-Care 

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