It's December, pretty much the end of the year-end garden cleanup.
But what about your work buddies aka your garden tools??? Dirty gardening tools can transfer fungus, bacteria, or plant debris from plant to plant. Tools should be cleaned during use and before putting them away for the season.
There are many ways to sterilize garden tools. After removing the surface dirt on the tool, sterilization can be done using any of the following common methods:
(1) soaking the tools in a bucket of 1 part bleach to 9 parts water for 30 minutes (although repeated use of bleach may corrode metal); or,
(2) wiping the tools with at least a 70% concentration of alcohol; or,
(3) soaking the tools in a bucket of 2 parts Lysol to 8 parts water for several minutes; or,
(4) soaking the tools in a bucket of Pine-Sol for 1-2 minutes.
Be sure your tools are dry before putting them away.
Oil any working metal components. Apply linseed oil to wooden handles. Sharpen blades on any cutting tools. Run the gas out, or add a fuel stabilizer, to power equipment. Store and cover your tools and equipment from the weather.
When spring comes, you and your garden tools will be ready to go!