Often tools get put away after their last use without getting thoroughly cleaned. Check spades, rakes and hoes for soil stuck on the blades or tines. Pruning tools should be checked for any plant debris remaining on the blades. A drop of machine oil on the spring or pivot point will make pruning shears easier to use this spring.
Be sure to read Richard’s weekly Garden Q & A in the Saturday Home Section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.