Your tools are your money makers. They are expensive to replace. My father was raised on a farm back in the early 1900’s by a pair of extremely frugal parents. Money was scarce, it was hard to come by in those days. You learned to take care of the things you had because they couldn’t be replaced. My dad was the same as his parents. I can always remember that the first thing he did after the last harvest was to winterize his garden tools and other equipment. I am much the same way. I still have some of the shovels and a pitchfork that my dad had. Heavens! They must be close to 40 years old now. These are the things I learned as a youngster, things that I still do today. the list is relatively simple and short. You can expand the list as your needs dictate.
- Clean off all the dirt from garden tools, that includes tiller blades, lawnmowers, etc.
- Lightly sand the handles of wooden handled garden tools with a fine grit sandpaper to remove burrs and splinters, and wipe down all the handles of wooden garden tools with linseed oil
- Wipe down the blades of garden tools with oil or store in a bucket of sand with oil impregnated throughout the sand. We do the same with our shovels, pitchforks, and other larger garden tools in a half barrel of oil impregnated sand. Keeps them from rusting
- Cover equipment that is too large to store in sheds with a tarp or heavy plastic.
- Drain, roll up and put away all garden hoses, sprinklers, etc.
- Drain all gasoline from gas powered equipment engines so it doesn’t gum up the carburetors during the cold winter months.