Best Oil for Garden Tools

The most important thing you can do to help you garden tools last and is also one of the simplest…oil your garden tools. With this simple step, you can prevent rust on the metal portion of the tool and when applied to any wood element, you’ll prevent drying and cracking.

For many years motor oil has used as a rust preventative on garden tools and is still in practice today. You’ve probably read or been told to get a bucket of sand, pour some motor oil in it and poke your tools into it. Well, that will keep your tools from rusting, but what about the next time you stab that tool in your soil? You just transferred that oil from the bucket to the soil you’re trying to grow plants in.

So, which oil? Boiled Linseed Oil. Linseed oil is derived from the dried seeds of the flax plant and therefore a great eco alternative to any petroleum based oil. Gardeners have been using linseed oil for many, many years to protect their tools from the elements.

A cautionary note: The boiled linseed oil that is available today has a small amount of solvent added to it to keep it from hardening in the can, so after you apply it to your metal and wood, let it dry completely before using your tool, (about 24 hours) that way the solvent will have evaporated.

Adapted from Garden Tool Co


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