How to Clean and Store Garden Tools for Winter

When the summer is over and the cold comes in  you know it’s time to store, clean and remove rust and dirt residues or vegetation from all your garden tools. Winter usually brings rain and snow and as a result the moisture will start to condense in the cold and deposit on the tool blades and inside gas tanks. It is therefore important to learn how to clean and properly store your garden tools when the winter comes.

Clean metal blades

To make sure your hand tools, power tools and shovels are rust free you should clean your tools properly before storing them. Any rust or other debris you leave on the metal blades of electric tools will worsen during the winter. If you can, remove your clippers or trimmers and get rid of the dirt and rust by using water and a wire brush. Dry the blades with a cloth and then wipe them with a cloth moistened with alcohol to dissolve the resins and disinfect the metal blades.

Sharpen the blades

Use a file to remove coarse bumps on the ends of shovels and rakes, and then consider using a whetstone to sharpen the blades. Follow the same procedure with your pruning tools, although you probably will need to use a coarse file. Don’t forget to wear protective gloves when sharpening blades because you can easily cut yourself.

Clean power tools

The metal blades of your mower, tiller or hedge trimmers need the same care as those of your hand tools. Make sure to turn off the engine by taking away the plug or battery before removing the blades – if possible – clean, sharpen and oil them. If your mower is powered by battery, remove the battery and store it in a dry place. If you have a riding mower, disconnect the battery cables and clean it with a wire brush.

Keep your garden tools in a dry place

A heated space is the best, such as the garage because the roof does not leak and the door can be closed anytime. For larger tools (shovel, rake …), you can store them in a suitable container containing sand. The sand avoids having moisture on the tools and deposition of rust. Regarding hand tools, you can coat them with oil before storage. This protective layer protects them against the moisture and the contact with air.

Storing larger power tools

Power tools can take a lot of space in your tools shed yet they can be of great use. The lawn mower for example is essential for any gardener. If you don’t have one, read some customer reviews and pick one that can handle the size of your lawn. Whether you have a lawn mower or another big power tool, it’s important to learn how to store it for winter. First, you’ll have to make sure that the lawn mower doesn’t need any maintenance work. Then, it’s important to drain the fuel left in the tank or remove the battery so that moisture doesn’t set it. After you’ve cleaned them properly, carefully store them in a dry environment and cover them.

As far as the snow blower goes, make sure that it is functional and ready to be used as you will start using it soon enough. If you don’t have a snow blower, but you are thinking about getting one, read some professional snow blower reviews. If you have a small yard, we advise you to opt for a small electrical unit, as it will be a lot easier to use and store.