Consistent gardening tool maintenance, like beauty, certainly is in the eye of the beholder. You might fall under the spell of gardening processes while practicing sustainable pruning or digging techniques, and do not forget the practice is only as sound as the care you take in maintaining your garden tools.

Always make a habit of cleaning your tools after each use.

Stephen Brueggerhoff is a horticulture county agent for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Brazoria County. Contact him at 979-864-1558 or

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