Sterilizing Your Gardening Tools

Sterilizing Your Gardening Tools to Keep Your Landscape Beautiful

Did you know dirty gardening tools can transfer fungus and disease-causing pathogens to your plants?  Rest assured the solution is easy.  Clean your tools before you put them away!

Here’s how in three simple steps:

Step 1 – Wipe Them Down

Wipe down your tools with a damp cloth or paper towel, getting rid of any soil particles and debris.

Step 2 – Disinfect

Using household disinfectants like Lysol®, Chlorine Bleach, or Pine-Sol® you’ll be able to properly sterilize.
  • Lysol ® – Fill a bucket with 20% liquid Lysol ® and 80% water. Then soak the tools for several minutes.
  • Chlorine Bleach – Create a bleach solution of 10% bleach and 90% water. Then soak your tools for 30 minutes.
  • Pine Sol ® – Fill a bucket with enough Pine-Sol ® to cover your tools, then soak them for 1 or 2 minutes.

Step 3 – Rinse and Dry

Rinse your tools with water to remove any solution residue that may cause corrosion. Dry them before putting them away.
Sterilizing your gardening tools is very important to upholding a productive and healthy garden. It should be done as frequently as possible.
Tip: Remember to maintain your garden with Superthrive to help your landscape flourish.

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