Do you grow fruits and vegetables? Do you want to protect your plant supports from rusting? If the answer is yes, then you probably want to read on and see how you can protect your plants from corroding.

Plant supports are essential for good crops and gardens, but people often tend to look past their required maintenance. This, in turn, causes plant supports to produce unwanted and invasive rust. Here is how you can go about preventing this from happening:

Use Stainless Steel Plant Supports

If your plant supports are made up of stainless steel, you do not need to worry about them rusting. Having plant supports made from stainless steel does not release you of all your maintenance duties though. Regardless of what your plant supports might be made up of, maintenance is very important. Using stainless steel for your plant supports might be effective and efficient, but it comes at a price. It is not feasible for many homeowners to use stainless steel for their plant supports. There are also many alternatives when preventing plant supports from rusting.

Coating Plant Supports With Paint To Prevent Rusting

The biggest cause of corrosion is the exposure of your metals to unfavourable conditions and environments, such as if a metallic surface is directly exposed to a moist environment.  Impeding the direct interaction of your metals with the environment appears to be the key to protection from corrosion. This is where the utility of a singular coat of paint comes into the scenario. We recommend giving your metals a coating of paint to make sure that they are unable to directly interact with the environment. What’s more, this can prevent them from falling victim to the scourge of corrosion.

However, be mindful there are some problems that you could experience when using paint. Plant supports are supposed to appear aesthetic and beautiful, right? The fact of the matter is that beauty is an important consideration when getting plant supports. The coating of paint will help your plants from rusting.

Use WD-40® Multi-Use to Protect Plant Supports From Rust

You need to put your faith in that good old can that’s sat in your cupboard or shed. Yes, you have read it correctly – all you need for protecting your plants from rusting is this trusty blue and red can! Here is how you are supposed to go through with the job:

Soak a clean rag in WD-40 Multi-Use and then use is for cleaning your plant supports. This will take care of all the dust and grime that’s built up over time. WD-40 Multi-Use will not only protect them from corrosion but it acts as a degreasing agent too. Once you plant supports are all cleaned up (and as good as new again!) give them a coating of WD-40 Multi-Use again. This extra coating will form a protective layer over your plant supports, keeping unwelcome rust and corrosion away!

One of the biggest advantages that comes with using WD-40 Multi-Use is that it is not a specialised product, meaning that you do not have to use it “just” for protecting your plant supports from rusting. There are thousands of other circumstances and situations in the garden and inside the home which it might be useful for. One day you might be using it to protect plant supports from corrosion and the other it will be helping you when loosening a screw the very next day. The sky is the limit when it comes to this household product!

Rust gets just about everywhere, so a good prevention routine is vital even in places you wouldn’t consider! Even in the green expanse of your garden space. Tackle rust throughout your home with more of our helpful guides like How to Clean Rust from Metal Furniture. Get rust-busting and more with tips from the WD-40 blog.