At the heart of any job in a greenhouse or around the garden is a quality set of tools. These are some simple steps any gardener or grower can do to extend the life of their tools.
Good organization is not just about saving time when you’re looking for the proper tool, or even just about saving space in your greenhouse, garage or shed. Good organization can go a long way toward keeping tools in proper working order for a longer time.
Never leave tools scattered about where they are susceptible to getting dinged or could be the cause of an accident. Install shelving units and invest in a quality toolbox or tool cabinet that meets your size and portability needs.
Proper storage away from the elements can also protect metal tools from rust and wooden handles from rot. Be sure to clean and dry all tools before storing them and maintain a cool and dry climate in your workshop or garage.
Frequently lubricate your power tools, rollers, and lawn equipment. This will help loosen stuck parts, preserve equipment in storage, and facilitate hand drilling, tapping and metal cutting. Using a quality long- lasting lubricant means less maintenance for you. Maintaining your tools and lawn equipment with regular lubrication will protect them against wear, rust and corrosion and can improve the condition of metal surfaces.
Most tools are designed to perform specific functions. Using the wrong tool for a job can pose a safety hazard to you and those around you. By using your equipment incorrectly, you can make the tool less effective for its intended use. Be aware, even with good maintenance habits, tools will need to be replaced over time.
High-quality tools can be expensive. But with the proper care, you can keep them in good working order all season long and well into the future.