July 11, 2020
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Sweeping up solutions

By: Irene Hilsendager
July 10, 2020

Did you know a beer can opener is a clever tool for removing weeds?

Did you know you can use your old bed sheets or a tarp to collect grass clipping or leaves by raking them on to the sheet? Then fold the sheet over the leaves and simply drag it away to your compost pile.

Did you know whenever you are using old planters or pots be sure to clean them out really well before reusing? Clean with a solution of equal parts bleach and warm water.

Did you know you can prevent a lot of the leaves from jamming your down pipe by securing a plastic dish scourer over the hole?

Did you know you can store your garden hose in one of those half wooden barrels? It keeps it nice and organized.

Did you know you can scrape your fingernails over a bar of hand soap before you start gardening? You will find cleanup will be a lot easier.

Did you know to discourage week or grass growth in your stone patio or walkway pour undiluted white vinegar between the stones?

Did you know you can store all of your small garden tools and the heads of your larger ones in a mixture of fine sand and old motor oil? Some tools will  fit in a bucket, but you may need a small tub for larger items.

Did you know you will find your wooden tool handles will last a lot longer if you clean them regularly with a cloth soaked in boiled linseed oil?

Did you know a good way of protecting your tool handles is to slip on a piece of foam water pipe insulation? Secure it with some duct tape.