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How to Maintain Your Garden Tools?

Once the workload in the garden has been completed, the experienced gardener dedicates himself to his trusty garden tools. The intensive contact with the earth, stones and plant residues affects longevity and functionality. A short maintenance program gets spades, scissors and lawnmowers in good shape. This guide explains how to properly care for your garden tools.

Cleaning and maintaining garden tools – how it works

If residues of soil, stones or plant sap remain on garden tools for a longer period of time, rust will build-up or the mechanics will no longer function smoothly. You can effectively prevent these annoyances by cleaning and maintaining your garden tools in this way after work:

  • Use a brush and water to remove earth from the hand tools
  • Dry carefully with a rag and hang up
  • Remove rust spots with a wire brush, steel wool or emery paper
  • Remove stubborn resin residues with benzine

Before the winter break, spades, knife and scissor blades are additionally sharpened. Pruning shears, such as pruning shears or rose shears, can be easily disassembled to thoroughly clean all components and to sharpen the blades with a hand file. Then seal the metal surfaces with machine oil or wax. Rub wooden handles and handles with linseed oil.

Clean garden machines work better – care tips

Water is taboo for the care of machine-operated garden tools. Please clean lawnmowers, hedge trimmers or lawn trimmers with a brush and rag after each use. Disconnect electrical devices from the power supply beforehand. Pull the spark plug connector on the motor lawnmower.

With every maintenance check screws, cables and protective covers for tightness. Loose parts are immediately reattached. Knives and blades are sharpened at least once a year. You can carry out this maintenance work yourself with special grinding stones, a hand file or a grinding machine. Again, machine oil should be at hand to lubricate moving parts after cleaning and sanding.

Store garden tools correctly

Your efforts to keep your machine and tool inventory in top condition will not work if you store the devices in a damp environment. Moisture is poison for wood and metal. Therefore, choose a dry, airy storage space, such as a garden shed or boiler room.


Ideally, lawnmowers and other garden tools with combustion engines should be stored in the tank without fuel in winter. Suck off the fuel before putting it in or let the engine idle until it stops.

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