Garden Tools

Garden Tool Cleanup

Fall and early winter is a great time to clean up the garden tools, do any needed repairs and see if there is any other tools needed for next year.

This includes:

  • Draining the gas from tillers or other power tools, checking oil levels and lubricating moving parts on power and hand tools.
  • Remove the batteries from any timers used.
  • Treat wood-handled tools with tung oil or other preservative.
  • Make sure to bring in any tools that should not be left out in the winter elements.
  • Drain all hoses, connections, soaker hose, drip tape, etc.
  • Collect up all plant markers and store in a box for easy access in the spring.
  • Add your dead plant material to the compost pile.
  • Make sure your seeds are properly dried, labeled and stored.
  • Make a list of seeds you are running low on.
  • Mend any fences, supports or other structures before you need them again in the spring.
  • Properly store your soil amendments and organic fertilizers in moisture proof containers.

Last but not least, enjoy the bounty of your harvest all winter and curl up with a good book!

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