If your knees are starting to complain whenever you spend hours gardening, it might be time to invest in garden tools with long handles. If you want to make the most out of your tools, you’ll need to learn how to maintain and care for them to keep them effective and in good shape for many years to come. Here are a few tips on how you could pull that off:
Tools like the CobraHead Long Handle Weeder and Cultivator are specifically designed to allow for easy weeding. You’ll need to understand the design, before you can take advantage of the greater control, flexibility, and comfortable grip it offers.
Wooden handles are particularly vulnerable to moisture. So make sure you store your long handled garden tools in a cool dry place. Enclosed spaces often suffer from humidity problems and that could affect the way your tool works or wear out your handle much too soon. In that case, you could use a dehumidifier to solve your moisture issues.
Clean and Wash
It can be tempting to dump all your tools in the shed after a long day spent planting and gardening. However, letting dirt and oil dry up on your tools isn’t the best way to keep them in good shape. Make sure you clean each of your tools thoroughly. Wipe them dry, especially the wooden handles to reduce moisture problems. You could also dampen the wood with a mite of linseed oil.
Put your tools back in their original cases, but don’t stop there! Organize the tools in your shed or garage in a way that makes them easily accessible to you. Don’t dump them haphazardly on your shelves. That could be dangerous, especially if you need to find a particular tool in the dark.
With proper care and maintenance, you can look forward to spending years with your garden tools.
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