Keep hoes sharp, clean and free from rust. Rakes, trowels, spades and spading forks should also be kept clean, rust-free and smooth, but need not be sharp.
If garden tools are cleaned and dried thoroughly after each use, rust should not become a problem. A strong putty knife is ideal for scraping soil from garden tools, or you can wash them if you dry the tools right away. Remove any rust with a wire brush, emery cloth or oiled rag dipped in fine sand.
Keep all garden tools clean and in a dry place. Wipe metal parts clean with an oiled cloth when storing.
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