You spent the summer clipping hedges and cutting flowers and trimming trees. If by the end your tools were needing more muscle than they ever had before, they may need a tune-up or a complete replacement.

Tool Clean-Up

Take an inspection. Do your handles need sanding so they don’t cause splinters? Is anything cracked that should be replaced? Check the grips. Hand trimmers need a good grip on them so you avoid injuring your hand. Also make sure that any springs or other resistance parts are still there and in working order. There are few things worse on a Saturday morning than trimmers that don’t spring open.

Are the blades nice and sharp? If not, you need to sharpen them. The whole point of using tools is to ease the amount of effort you put into the job. If your trimmers or shears are dull, they will not be as effective as they could be. is a site that will definitely make sharpening your tools easier. The Rust Store recommends sharpening short blades with the DMT Mini-Hone, which is small enough to use while the blade remains in the tool. For longer blades, use a file or a diamond stone. You want to keep your blade still while you sharpen it and then hone it to a smooth edge.

Keeping Tools Working Great

Invest in good tools and take care of them to last longer than your tool shed. Speaking of a tool shed, that’s the first step. Keep your tools dry after you clean them. recommends spraying on a protective finish: Boeshield T-9, a convenient aerosol spray or Bull Frog Rust Blocker which is non-polluting and biodegradable.

Keep your tools working for you.