Gardening is a great activity to relieve stress and get in your daily steps – but sometimes it becomes more hassle than its worth. Rusty tools, clogged lawnmowers and fungi-filled pots are all bothersome barriers that turn your fun hobby into gruelling labour. So, to avoid these scenarios and ensure a smooth experience every time, it’s important to keep your tools in tip-top condition.
How WD-40 Can Be Used for Garden Tool Storage & Maintenance
Garages and sheds can only do so much to protect your tools from the elements. To avoid the damages of moisture – especially throughout Autumn and Winter – you must take extra steps to defend your belongings. Your tools can last a lifetime if you spend a few extra minutes on maintenance after each use.
WD-40 is one of the most important and beneficial tools you can have to hand to ensure a smooth and relaxing gardening experience. It can be used for a multitude of garden jobs, from protecting your shears, to de-rusting metal garden furniture – the spectrum of its uses is vast and without end.
Garden Tool Storage Ideas
Below are some of the measures you should take to maintain and store your garden tools properly throughout the year, so that they are ready whenever you need them:
Lawn Mower Storage Tips
When your lawnmower is not in use, especially over the Winter, or periods when you are away from home, it’s important to drain its fuel before storing it away. This is because the alcohol in the fuel can damage any plastic materials it comes into contact with, and can cause the fuel tank to rust. Ensure you check the manufacturers guide before completely draining the fuel tank. Lawn mower maintenance is important to carry out during the Winter months, to ensure it is protected when not in use.
When putting your lawnmower into storage, it’s also important to disconnect the battery so it cannot start accidentally. No, we’re not joking, it can happen. To be extra cautious, you can remove the spark plug. You should also check the blade for wear and tear, and consider either sharpening it or replacing it, so it will be ready to go next time you need it.
Finally, after each use, you should give the lawnmower a little elbow grease. Cleaning the frame and underside of the mower with a hose will ensure any dirt, grit or garden waste do not damage it over time. Consider adding an extra layer of protection after it has dried by using a go-to lubricant such as WD-40 High Performance PFTE Lubricant, which provides anti-wear properties, and extends the life of tools and equipment.
Garden Hand Tools Storage & Maintenance
After each use, you should clean your garden tools to make sure they are prepared for whenever you need them next.
If your tools are dirty, clean them with a bristled brush and water, and allow them to dry. If you find any corroded spots, you should remove them using sandpaper to prevent further spread. When removing rust, always wear eye protection and gloves.
Check all wooden handles for signs of splinters, cracks and other damage. If you find any, it is better to replace them than to try and patch them up.
After cleaning and checking over all of your garden tools, you should finish them off with a spray of WD-40 Multi-Use Product to form a protective layer. This multi-functional spray will make sure that your tools are protected from rust, grime and the elements, so you are free to enjoy your garden without worrying about the tools in your shed!
Plant Pot Storage Ideas
Contrary to popular belief, pots also need maintenance before planting or being put in storage. This is because ceramic and plastic materials have a tendency to grow fungus when exposed in moist locations, such as the garden shed – which can hinder plant growth!
To clean any fungus that may be present on pots, scrub them with a bleach solution and leave them to soak for at least 10 minutes. This technique will kill all of the germs on the pot’s surface. After they have dried, to prevent regrowth, consider spraying the pot with WD-40 Multi-Use Product. This spray will prevent the accumulation of water on the pot’s surfaces, due to its water displacement function, so that moisture loving fungi will not form.
Garden tools will last as long as you properly store and maintain them through the seasons. Follow some of the great tips in this guide, and your tools will last come rain or shine! For more great WD-40 uses in the garden, explore more of our handy guides!