Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Prepare Garden Tools for the Winter Lay-Off

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Prepare Garden Tools for the Winter Lay-Off

Article excerpt

AS winter sets in, now is the time to think about putting your garden tools into hibernation.

But before stowing them away, you'll want to give them a thorough clean and sharpen - and maybe consider throwing out the old and investing in some new ones for next season.

Here are a few things to consider...

¦ DON'T LEAVE TOOLS OUT IN THE RAIN AND COLD. Metal will rust and wood will rot. Clean the soil off it before storing, oil moving parts regularly, and sharpen the blades of knives, shears and secateurs, so they make a clean cut every time.

Blades can be wiped with an oily rag before prolonged storage, and need to be kept dry to avoid rusting.

¦ REMOVE ANY SAP. Use a damp cloth and washing-up liquid to remove any sap, which can make the cutting surfaces sticky and prevent a good cut next time.

Dried sap and rust can be also be removed by rubbing the blades with wire wool, before oiling them lightly.

Secateurs should be left with their blades open to dry thoroughly before putting them away. …

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