My garden tools are sometimes neglected… but let me explain. When I am working in the yard, I work until I am pooped. Too pooped to clean my garden tools. I know, it is terrible. I should be ashamed but hey, I have a solution. Once a week, I give my tools some tender loving care.
First, I wash and scrub all the tools that I have used in the week.
I use a wire brush to remove all stubborn mud and dirt.
Next, I use some steel wool and rub on any rusted areas.
I also sharpen with a file any tools I use for pruning, clipping and cutting.
But this little guy is really rusted and awful...
And finally, I take some WD-40 and spray on the tools, giving them a quick wipe down. The oil prevents any new rust from forming and allows the tools to be protected when I am neglecting them. Look how much better he looks!!
My tools are my best friends all summer long. I need to make sure they are well taken care of, even if I am too lazy at the time.