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12-Step Fall Cleaning Checklist

The Family Handyman Logo By Elizabeth Flaherty of The Family Handyman | Slide 1 of 12: If your rakes, shovels and other lawn and garden tools are dirty, use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub off any mud. Sharpen any dull tools and check wooden handles for cracks or splinters. And replace any handles that are broken or cracked. Finally, use a light oil spray or lubricant like WD-40 to lightly coat the metal parts of your tools before hanging them in the shed or garage. This fall cleaning task will get your gardening tools ready for the spring.Not sure where or how to store your tools? Garden tools storage Ideas.Photo: Darius Pabrinkis/Shutterstock

Gardening Tools

If your rakes, shovels and other lawn and garden tools are dirty, use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub off any mud. Sharpen any dull tools and check wooden handles for cracks or splinters. And replace any handles that are broken or cracked. Finally, use a light oil spray or lubricant like WD-40 to lightly coat the metal parts of your tools before hanging them in the shed or garage. This fall cleaning task will get your gardening tools ready for the spring.Not sure where or how to store your tools? Garden tools storage Ideas.

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