Garden spade maintenance - bucket with sand and oil?

  • 05 Jul 2016 9:48 AM
    Message # 4114717
    Shawn (Administrator)

    Hi Everyone, 

    I am researching garden tool maintenance at the moment, and have come across the idea below several times. Has any one had success with this idea?

    Planting Spade: To prevent it from rusting, make up an oily sand mix by adding 'bricky' sand and vegetable oil into a bucket and stirring it up. Sliding the spade in and out of that mixture will wipe off any muck and most importantly, coat the blade with a fine layer of oil to prevent it from rusting.



  • 15 Jul 2016 6:26 PM
    Reply # 4133893 on 4114717
    Deleted user

    Haven't tried it myself but I think it's worth a go.

  • 16 Jul 2016 1:38 PM
    Reply # 4135688 on 4114717
    Diana (Administrator)

    I thought that I remembered Peter Cundall recommending this, but cannot find a reference.

    Gardening Australia has these suggestions and they usually have tried them out.

    Tool Care

    Fact Sheet: Tool Maintenance: Presenter: Josh Byrne, 04/07/2009

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