7 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Garden Tools
Use these tried and true tips for your tools to get the best garden results!from Amazing Insider Secrets: 1703 Money Saving Tips
1. Spritz your tools to repel dirt.
Thesecret weapon against messy tools is thecooking oil spray you keep in thekitchen cabinet. Spray a coat on a shovelor trowel before using it, and clay soilwill slide right off. Spray the blades andunderside of your lawn mower, and wetgrass won’t stick to them.
2. No need for fancy kneepads.
Here’s alow-cost alternative for gardeningkneepads: Use a scrap from an oldclosed-cell foam camping mat. This willprotect your knees just as well as thefancy models in gardening catalogs. It’stough, shock absorbing, and easy toclean with soap and water. If you oryour kids don’t have an old pad to cutup, check with your local Boy Scouttroop or a university outdoor program.
3. Make tools easy to spot.
Don't lose your tools among your flower beds, shrubs, and grass. Exposure to the weather could harm them, and they could pose a danger to passersby as well. To keep your hand tools from disappearing, paint the handles bright red or orange, making them more visible, a trick dating back to at least the 19th century.
4. Make a simple tool stand between garage studs.
Before investing in a high-priced rack for your garden tools in a shed or garage, look at the walls: If the walls are framed with exposed 2 x 4 (38 x 89 cm) studs, anyone can build a stand for garden tools in a matter of minutes. All you need is some 1 x 4 (19 x 38 cm) pine, some old scraps of old 2 x 4, and some nails:
- For long-handled tools- such as shovels and rakes- cut a length of 1 x 4 so that it spans a couple of studs and nail it into place about 36 inches (90 cm) above the floor.
- For shorter-handled tools- an axe, for instance- nail another length of 1 x 4 between two studs about 24 inches (60 cm) above the floor.
- For both sets of tools, nail another 1 x 4 across the bottom of the studs to form a foot piece that will keep the lower end of your tools from sliding out.
- Finally, to help keep the tools upright, cut short blocks of 2 x 4 as spacers and nail them between the 1 x 4s and the garage wall at both the top and bottom. Two blocks in each cavity between studs usually works fine.
5. Give trimming a saucer ride.
How do you move weeds, pruned branches, rocks, and the like from your garden? Hoity-toity gardening catalogs would have you believe you need to spend a small fortune on a pushcart. But, in addition to their expense, carts and wheelbarrows are heavy and unwieldy, especially on hills. The solution? A flying saucer sled. Attach a rope to a handle of one of these round, steel or plastic sleds, and you'll have a sturdy sledge that pulls easily across grass and paths. If you have kids, come winter, this is one garden tool that will still find plenty of use!
6. Put old golf gear to work in the garden.
You can buy all sorts of cartsand racks to wheel around the gardenwith your rakes and trowels. But youcan skip right past that page of the gardeningcatalog if you have an old golfbag on wheels. Long tools fit neatly inthe main compartment, and hand toolscan be clipped to the outside. The pocketshold seeds, shears, and other smalleritems. And if you discover any teesinside one of those pockets, they can beput to use too. Wooden or plastic teesmake great color-coded markers fornewly seeded gardens.
7. Coil a hose without mechanical assistance.
You can buy all sorts ofhose reels and carts-some of them areso elaborate they look like machines thefire department ought to be operating.If you handle your hose right, you cancoil it easily without the fancy gizmos.A hose with longitudinal stripes helpsyou coil the hose without twists-justkeep the stripes running straight as youcoil and uncoil. Unkink a hose bypulling one end across the lawn; theweight of the hose will help pull outthose twists, and you can judge by thestripes when it’s straight. Leave a balkyhose in the sun for an hour, and it willbe much more pliable and easy to coil.
Before storing a hose for any length oftime, screw the two ends together sothat bugs can’t nest inside.