Indeed, gardening requires skills but having the right tools in your tool-kit is equally essential. But the irony is that some gardeners have both, but they still can’t get the best results. The reason you may ask? Well, it’s simply poor or no maintenance of gardening tools.
That’s right, just like you get your car, drainage pipes, roofing, and HVAC serviced periodically to keep them well-maintained and to function at their optimal level; similarly, you must sharpen garden tools to keep them in perfect condition. And that will be our focus in today’s post. So, read on to learn some of the best ways for cleaning and sharpening garden equipment..
Best Tips to Sharpen Garden Tools
Since a variety of tools are used for gardening, every tool is not sharpened the same way. Therefore, we’ll focus on different tools separately and teach you ways to sharpen them. Let’s get started:
- Garden Shears
Whether you have long-handled pruning shears or short professional floral shears for cutting deadheading rose bushes and herbs, or maybe hedging shears, their blades can wear down over time. To keep them in top condition, you should sharpen the beveled edges of the shears (top and bottom).
Use a clamp for sharpening the blade. It is a necessary mill file that can help retain the cutting edge of your shears that, too, with minimal effort. Also, based on our experience, shears can develop a thick layer of grime over time and even rust. Therefore, before sharpening them, make sure to remove dirt and rust with high grit sandpaper.
- Lawn Mower Blade
The blade of the lawnmower is hard to sharpen mainly because it is hard to detach the blade safely from the lawnmower. However, once you detach it, you only sharpen it with a good file to add an edge to the blade.
One thing you need to make sure is to sharpen the right side of the blade. We say this because once the blade gets detached; it often becomes hard to determine which way the sharpest edge is facing—especially for new gardeners.
Many gardeners use knives for small yard related tasks. The best and classic method of sharpening your knives is to use a diamond sharpener. In process involves metal plates that are encrusted with microscopic industrial-grade diamonds. This makes sharpening blades fast.
A hand garden trowel is a must-have for concrete and beginner gardeners. It is the best tool that you can have in your kit for carrying out the process of planting seedlings. With a trowel at your disposal, you can easily dig the soil and transfer plants. It is one of the easiest tools to sharpen because it does not need to be able to slice through anything more than tough roots or hard soil. Therefore, you can easily sharpen it with a file. No grinder is needed.
All you need to get started is sandpaper and small or a medium hand file. Sandpaper is essential to make sure that your trowel is clean before the process of sharpening begins. It’s crucial to clean trowels because they can have a lot of mud on them and become rusty fast.
So, once the trowel is clean, use the file to sharpen its edges for a little while. Don’t overdo it, after all; trowels don’t have to be razor-sharp. Besides this, if you over sharpen them, it will shorten their lifespan.
- Curved Shovels
When gardening on a raised bed or in the yard, a curved shovel is your go-to tool. It makes it super easy to dig, lift and shift soil and gravel around the garden. You can also use it to move the snow in the winters and for transferring soil from a wheelbarrow without dumping the entire load at once. In essence, it is a multi-purpose tool that gardeners heavily rely on. Therefore, to increase its life, make sure to sharpen it as the curved shovel cuts through tough soils and roots. To perform these tasks, it must have a sharp edge.
If you use it frequently, the edge of the curved shovel is likely to become blunt. Sharpening it periodically is perhaps the best and economical way to restore the edge. For this, you will need sandpaper, a large hand file, and bench grinder.
The first step is to clean it using high grit sandpaper. Once the edge is shiny and clean, use the large file to work on it until a sharpened edge is created. Make sure that you don’t overdo it and sharpen it too much as it can damage it.
However, if your shovel is nicked, use a bench grinder. For this, pass the edge over the wheel to smoothen out the nicks. When performing this task, don’t forget to wear appropriate protective gear.
Just like all the above gardening tools, the blades of your secateurs can also become blunt with time. However, the best way to keep it in top condition is to buy spare blades. Remove the old blades and install the new ones. It’s as simple as it can be.
At Eden Garden Equipment, we offer spare blades for loppers and secateurs. Browse through our range today to view your options. Order the products of your choice and make sure that you have the right tools in the best condition to perform gardening tasks smoothly, with precision and zero frustration.