If you have a garden, you probably know all about how to take the proper care of every plant in it. But what about your garden supplies? In some ways, taking the proper care of your garden supplies is just as important. Many artists and athletes take excellent care of their supplies and equipment because they believe that, if they do, those tools will never fail them. And this is an attitude you should think about applying to your gardening tools and equipment.
So how do you take care of your garden supplies? Here are some tips.
Start With the Best Equipment
Which would your rather have. A cheap, dull pair of scissors that barely gets the job done, or a quality pair that makes quick, neat cuts? Most people will choose the latter. And the same applies to gardening tools.
Start by buying really good gardening tools. A cheaper, low quality hoe or spade might be able to do the job for a while. But cheaply made tools don’t usually last long. They might rust, bend, break, or get dull in a very short period of time. A high quality tool, on the other hand, could last for years. High quality tools are also usually easier to work with and take care of.
Take Care of Them after Use
After a relaxing but tiring afternoon of gardening, you might feel tempted to simply throw your garden supplies in the shed. But this is a temptation you should fight. After gardening, take an extra 10 or 15 minutes to clean and properly store your tools. Not only will this mean they will last longer and stay in pretty good shape, it will be nice to have clean tools to work with the next time you garden.
Another important tip to keep in mind is to sharpen your tools regularly. Some gardening tools, like hoes, work best when they have a nice, sharp blade. If you noticed one of your tools was a little dulled, sharpen it before you put it away.
Keeps Your Garden Supplies in One Place
Gardening is supposed to be a calming, relaxing activity. So the last thing you want is to feel frustrated over not being able to find a specific tool when you need it. You should have one designated place for your garden supplies, whether it’s a gardening shed or a corner of the garage. This way, when you need a tool, you will know exactly where to find it.
Taking the proper care of your garden supplies is a simple way to make gardening an even more enjoyable experience.