How to organize your tools and your working place
Gardening is not an easy job, and messy working place and dirty tools are making it even less easy. If you want your gardening jobs to be easy and more enjoyable, a real gardener should have clean and good gardening tools. Clean and properly stored gardening tools will not just look good but they will last longer, and you will have more pleasure to work with them. In this article, I will write about how to take care of your gardening friends, tools. How to store them properly so your tool will be always accessible and will last longer than usual.
Think about which tools you really need.
Almost everybody has a place where all the tools are spending most of their lifetime. How many of them are you really using? Do you really need 5 shovels and 5 rakes? If you are using them maybe once per year, then maybe don’t store them together with other tools which you are using almost daily. For example – in front of doors in most accessible place you have branch hacksaw, but in the garden, you have small fruit trees or shrubs, whose branches can easily be pruned by the pruning shears. Or you have 4 types of hoe but you have a beautiful, green lawn with one small flower garden.
It’s better to have a small amount, but specific and high-quality tools than a pile of tools which you have almost never used and will never use. And tools are meant to be frequently used – if you are using them often they will remain sharp, easy to use, will keep their functionality and will be safe. Tools who have not been used for a long time are losing these features.
So, at first – get rid of old, broken and never used tools.
I have seen almost in every gardener’s place – they have 4 shovels, old, broken hoes and other broken tools. This kind of tools will take your place in your storage room and also in your mind. You will have this thought – hmm, maybe I should fix this. Even if you know that you will never do that.
It is better to have one good, high-quality shovel than three bad quality or broken. That’s why I’m suggesting to take a look at your tools at least once per season and throw out all broken and unused tools without mercy. Tools nowadays cost less than 10 years ago. Even high-quality tools are not that expensive. Of course, I’m not saying that you just bought a shovel, broke it and you should throw it away. If you can fix it, then why not, but if that’s old, rusty shovel, then it’s better to buy a new one.
So, winter is slowly fading away and in the shops soon will be sales for tools – so start making a list what kind of tools you need! Another choice is at the end of summer, beginning of autumn consider which type of jobs you did in the summer and what you will do next year and then buy tools according to that information. These are two ways to get cheaper tools in best time.
Choose using and storing safe gardening tools
The more type of gardening jobs we do, the more gardening tools we need and to store them we need more and more space. There is a solution. Fiskars are offering this QuikFit thing. That means you can use one handle for many types of tools. If you need 3 types of hoes, then buy from Fiskars and use only one handle – just change the hoe.
They are also offering hoes, cultivators, rakes, pavement brush, brush saw and snow shovels. There is one more company called “Gardena” which is offering the same system as Fiskars. Buying tools with one handle are a good way to save space in your storage room. These tool “heads” are easy to hand on the wall and they take less space than standard tools with handles.
Clean and think about your tools after using
This is the hardest part – after exhausting and hot day in the garden you don’t want to hear about cleaning and storing your tools, but you MUST do it because it’s necessary for tool lifetime and your comfort.
As I said above, clean tools will stay sharp, good and lifetime will be a lot longer. The easiest way to clean them is to wash them. This is for extra clean gardeners – some companies are suggesting to clean sharp tools with soap water so that they will stay clean from rust and it makes metal harder. There is one more good way to clean your tools – sand with oil. This mixture helps to clean pruning shears, shovel, and hoes. It also makes a small layer of oil, which helps to keep tools cleaner for a longer time.
Once per season, it’s good to sharpen your tools. Fiskars are suggesting if you are using your tool very often, then sharpen every month. For moving parts, it’s good to put some oil time by time, so they will move like brand new and rust will not break them. Remember, every tool which has a spring, must be put together for storing, so the spring is in tension. This helps to keep spring in maximum tension.
Clean tools will help to avoid diseases in your garden
Cleaning your tools right after using will help to prevent diseases. If your roses have disease and you are pruning them, and later with the same pruners you are cutting other flowers, there is a very high chance to bring that disease to another flower.
So, after using tools on plants which have diseases, it’s recommended to wash tools in water together with disinfection products. I’m cleaning them with toilet cleaner because it has chlorine. Most important thing is you wash them very carefully because disinfection products can damage your plants!
Special care needs averruncators and all other cutting tools after using them on plants with diseases. You can also buy special cleaning products for tools in your local garden shop.
Store tools in right place!
A humid place is not the best place for storing your tools because they will start to rust very fast and will lose their good qualities. Best place for storing is in a dry place and using garden tool rack. A place does not need to be warm, it just needs to be dry and enough space for tools.
Make a special place for each tool.
Small garden tools you can store is a box or ina chest. Bigger garden tools are better to store by hanging them on the wall. Before buying each tool I recomend to take a look how easy is to store them, if they have holes to hand them etc. Again I’m suggesting Fiskars one handle system. Handle you can hang on the wall and also small tools or just put small tools in the box.
But the best way to store your tools is by using garden tools racks – read about them here.
That’s all about safe gardening. Hope you got some good information and if you have any suggestion, just hit me a comment or a message 🙂