If you were wondering how to maintain garden tools ? In this note we will teach you 6 essential tips to ensure that your machines and tools for the garden are always optimal and thus extend their useful life . Shall we start?
Tip 1: Preventive maintenance
All the care we give to gardening tools will extend their useful life. That is why it is important to know that every machine or tool requires minimal maintenance so that it lasts over time. There are two great reasons why you should spend time on our garden tools, the first is for your safety as it will prevent accidents and the second is to avoid extra costs or having to invest money again to buy other equipment.
Tip 2: Classify garden tools by type
In the world of gardening, orchards and agricultural work there is a very wide universe of machine tools. But between them they share some similar characteristics. For example, most are made of metal and plastic, they can be electric or with a gasoline engine, they can contain removable parts or not.
Taking into account the particularities of each one, our recommendation is that you take a look at your collection of gardening tools and group them by families. This form of classification will allow you to apply the following tips that we write down below.
Tip 3: Cleaning and lubrication
Plastic tools such as shovels or watering cans should always be washed with a mixture of soap and water or liquid detergent. Priority after each use and dry them well when storing them. Many when working with recently sulphated soil or plants, with diseased branches or with pests, it is essential that you apply this cleaning procedure.
The hose is one of the key plastic elements in our gardens and green spaces. But we always forget to adhere to its basic maintenance rule. Roll it up and do not leave it exposed to the sun for long periods of time, as it will suffer damage to its structure.
Garden tools made from metal parts, such as brush cutters or lawn mowers, need to be cleaned first and lubricated later. It is enough to wipe it with a little water or even oil if the dirt is very attached to the equipment. If you use water, remember to always dry everything very well and add a little oil at the end to prevent rust from forming, something very common in metals.
Tip 4: Sharpening
In our previous blog note we told you how to sharpen the blades of a lawn mower , how you will know most of the machines and garden tools are composed of sharp pieces that are responsible for cutting, skewing, or slicing, etc.
It is key for the optimal operation of garden machines / tools that their cutting parts are well sharpened, mainly to always achieve the best results, but also to avoid accidents and of course extend their useful life.
Tip 5: Storage
Something fundamental, but not always taken into account, is that all tools, whether metal or plastic, have to be stored indoors after use. In this way we can organize and have all our gardening tools available in one place and prevent them from being thrown away, exposed for several days or weeks to the elements.
Finally, if you are not going to use a machine or tool for a long time, you should cover it with a plastic blanket or cover. This will keep it safe from dust and moisture, among other factors.
Tip 6: Always read the instructions
We fans of the world of gardening tools share a small flaw: we forget to read the maintenance instructions that the manufacturer generally adds to save ourselves headaches in the future.
That is why it seems very important to us to always have the manuals with the cleaning and maintenance instructions for each of our equipment at hand since they can give us very precise keys to keep them in optimal condition for many years.