Essential gardening tools and their upkeep

Published On: Jun 11 2012 10:17:49 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 25 2012 02:41:10 PM CDT

By Cris Carl, Networx

After 38 years of gardening, and several working as a professional landscaper, I have worked out what are the most essential tools you might need for your gardening efforts. Part two to the equation is how best to maintain your gardening tools, no matter which you prefer. Basically, you are maintaining metal and wood products that routinely come in contact with the elements that are the most damaging -- dirt, moisture, and heat or cold.

First, the essential tools:

Naturally, for other types of yard work there are a myriad of tools you can use, but for flower and vegetable gardening, these are all you really need.

Second, tips on garden tool upkeep:

Garden tool upkeep basically falls into three categories of care, cleaning, sharpening, and storage.