Prepare Your Gardening Tools Before Spring | L’Express Armidale

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Have you ever had your lawn mower and other power tools like whip shears, chainsaws and hedge trimmers serviced this winter? Spring will be here and it’ll all grow back before we know it, so it’s time to get that job done and clean and sharpen them so you’re ready for action. Winter is also a great time to check out your other gardening tools and equipment. No more gardening with Dar: most tools wear out through neglect rather than use; if you take good care of the right tools, they will last a lifetime. Remove the encrusted mud from shovels, spades, forks, hoes and trowels and rub the metal parts with an oily cloth or spray with WD40 or similar. Rub the wooden handles with linseed oil to prevent them from drying out and cracking and remove any splinters with coarse sandpaper. Stainless steel tools don’t need much more than a quick wash after use, but they cost more. Perhaps the most important thing about maintaining your tools is putting them away after you’re done – it’s maddening to find out that they’ve been run over because they’ve been left on the ground where they were used for the last time! It’s a great job for those of us who prefer to be outside even when the weather is bad outside! Also check that power tools are safe and properly insulated, and have any damaged power cords replaced. To help ensure strong, healthy blooms from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils, daffodils, and tulips, fertilize the foliage when the leaves approach their full height. Use a foliar fertilizer that you spray on the leaves. There are some types you can attach to the end of the hose and the water pressure regulates the amount of fertilizer without you having to do any math! CLICK HERE TO RECEIVE EMAILS ABOUT THE BEST LOCAL NEWS AND STORIES, AS WELL AS OUR NEWS ALERTS. Continue to prepare for planting deciduous bare-rooted trees and shrubs while they are dormant; water them well. Continue to prepare the beds for spring planting; dig in lots of compost and manure / fertilizer. The next Armidale Garden Club meeting will be on Thursday, August 26 at the United Church Youth Club Hall, starting at 7:00 p.m. and everyone is welcome. Our journalists work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:

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