Maintain, Organize and Declutter Gardening Tools

Creating a beautiful garden requires more than just a green thumb – it involves having the right tools and keeping them in good working condition.

There is no point in buying the best gardening tools on the market just to leave them neglected in the rain or exposed to the elements. I will share with you tips and tricks I live by to ensure my gardening tools stay as good as new, are easy to access, and how to determine when it's time to bid relics a proper farewell.

Let's break down the care, inspection, and storage of different types of gardening tools, by hand tools, sharp tools, long-handle tools, and motorized tools so we can take our time on each!

Hand tools

Hand Tools | Vego Garden

Hand Tools

Hand tools are the backbone of any gardener's tool kit, aiding in precise and delicate tasks. It's essential to keep them well-maintained and at the ready.

  • Wipe down the tool blades with a dry cloth after each use.
  • For wooden handles, apply linseed oil to prevent drying and splintering.
  • Remove any dirt or debris from the tool's surface.
  • Sand the handle and seal if you feel it is too rough.
  • Check for rust on metal parts; if found, clean with soapy water and a wire brush.
  • Ensure handles are securely attached with no signs of wear or splintering.
  • Sharpen hand pruners regularly for a precise cutting edge.


  • Hang hand tools in a designated tool storage area for convenient access. Store them in a dry place to prevent rust and damage. 

  • For smaller items, like hand pruners and trowels, consider using a shower caddy or small bins, ensuring they have drainage holes to prevent moisture build-up.

  • Vego Garden offers a practical solution with the Vego Garden Tool Box. The toolbox is designed to hang on the side of your garden bed, providing easy access to your tools and is equipped with drainage holes, to safeguard your tools from the weather while keeping them within arm's reach.

Sharp tools

  • Clean blades with soapy water or a mixture of mineral spirits and water.
  • Apply a protective layer of motor oil to metal surfaces to prevent rust.
  • Wipe down blades with a dry cloth before storage.
  • Check for any nicks or damages to the cutting edge.
  • Ensure moving parts are lubricated for smooth operation.
  • Dispose of any tools with irreparable damage or signs of wear.
  • Store sharp tools in a secure place away from children.
  • Consider a designated area in your garden shed for easy access.
  • Use a flat surface, like a pegboard, to organize and store tools.

Long-handle tools

Shears | Vego Garden
Long-handle tools, such as shovels and rakes, play a vital role in maintaining larger garden beds and outdoor spaces. Proper handling and storage are essential to prolong their shelf life and ensure they remain effective in your gardening endeavors.
  • Wipe down metal parts with a dry cloth after use.
  • Inspect wooden handles for signs of wear and apply linseed oil.
  • Remove dirt and debris from tool blades.


  • Check for any bent or damaged prongs or tines.
  • Ensure handles are securely attached without any wobbling.
  • Sharpen edges of tools regularly for efficient use.
  • Store long-handle tools in a large plastic bucket drum, hanging on a shed or anywhere where water can drain.
  • Hang tools with large hooks for easy access and to save floor space.
  • Consider professional organizers for an orderly storage space.

Motorized tools

Motorized tools, like lawn mowers and hedge shears, demand special attention to ensure they stay in optimal working condition. Here are basic care and inspection techniques that will extend their lifespan and preserve their quality!

  • Clean grass and debris from lawn mower blades after each use.
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint to metal surfaces to prevent rust.
  • Check oil levels and change as needed.


  • Inspect power cords for any fraying or damage.
  • Ensure blades are sharp and in good working order and replace any that need replacing.
  • Remove any build-up around moving parts.


  • Store motorized tools in a covered area to protect them from the elements.
  • Use storage bins or covers to keep tools safe during the winter months.
  • Keep tools in a designated area for easy access during the gardening season.
  • Save the instruction manual and the guarantees, you never know when you might need them.
  • Store the extra pieces and add-ons in a designated box so you can find them later if you need them. 

Final thoughts

Taking care of your gardening tools is a great way to extend the life of your tools, save money on replacements, and create a well-organized and efficient space in your garden shed. Remember, a little extra care goes a long way in maintaining a beautiful garden and making the most of your outdoor space!










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