These six tips for storing garden tools will help you keep your tools sharp. There are many tool organizers you can purchase to organize garden hand tools such as spades, shovels, hoes, rakes, clippers and weed removers.
Tip #1 - Clean Before Storing
Most tools suffer from rust caused by dirt and debris left clinging to the tool when it is put away. Clean all your tools before storing by wiping, hosing or brushing all dirt and debris off of the tool before storing.
Tip #2 - Storing Metal Tools
Buy a galvanized steel tub and fill it three-quarters full of sand. Add standard motor oil and mix until the sand is damp, not soaked, with oil. Stick your metal implements, hoes, shovels, spades and even clippers into the sand after cleaning. The sand helps keep the edges sharp and the oil protects and lubricates the metal.
Tip #3 - Hang Them High
Tools like shovels, spades, hoes and rakes should be hung off of the ground so they are not exposed to dampness on the ground or in concrete floors where they might rust.
Tip #4 - Eliminate Rust
When you see rust, remove it immediately with steel wool and then coat the area with lubricating oil or motor oil.
Tip #5 - Store inside
Store tools inside and off of the floor in a dry area, such as a shed or garage. Don’t store tools on concrete floors where dampness can cause rust.