Tool Care – Recommendations on Looking After Your Tools!

How To Make Your Tools Last A Lifetime

A working man’s livelihood depends on his tools and so you must take care of them.  Whether you’re in the garden, on the factory floor or at the top of The Shard in London, or the Obel Tower in Belfast, the principles remain the same.  Here are our garden tool care tips.

Every avid gardener knows the importance of keeping and maintaining the garden tools. It is the tools that are the backbone of having a healthy and beautiful garden. So they require some TLC and below are a few tips to help make your valuable garden tools last a lifetime.

Hoes, Shovels, and Rakes

Shovels, hoes, and rakes tend to handle much of the dirty work of gardening. They are bulkier and slightly heavier to handle that most other gardening tools. Always get rid of the soil and dirt off this equipment and wash them down with a high-pressure hose then ensure they are completely dry before you store them. It is advisable to hang them upright on hooks.

Garden Hoses and Hose Reels

The hose is one of the most used tools in the garden or yard, and a gardener needs a sturdy hose that has excellent flexibility so that it can be wound up on a hose reel after use. The pipe should be completely drained of water and wound on the reel for storage; this is particularly important during winter and fall.  For good quality garden hose accessories, we always recommend premium quality products from firms like Hozelock that will last for a long time.

Shears, Blades and Cutting Tools

Cutting and trimming tools are essential for gardening flowers, small trees, and bushes. Whether manual or electric, the cutting tools will only work effectively if they have sharp blades and well-lubed parts for functionality and rust prevention. The blades should be cleaned after use and covered in lubricant before being stored. Keep your cutting tools away from direct sunlight as well as the elements. They should always stay dry.

Given the nature of their work, it is important to pick garden tools made of stainless steel or have a robust carbon coating. Nevertheless, little care and forethought and some light oil coat will go a long way in keeping the equipment corrosion free for a lifetime of use.  Think of your tools as a good car, if you look after them, and service them properly they will last for a lifetime.