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Garden Tool Cleanup

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By Jane Milliman

It may not be your favorite gardening task, but a little time spent maintaining your watering tools in the fall will keep them ready to go for spring—plus extend their life in general. Do yourself a favor now and give your well-loved tools a little TLC before storing them for winter.

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Here’s the tricky part, though: When should all of this work be done? Doing it around the first frost is probably premature, as you might still have new plantings that will need watering until the ground freezes. Let that be your guide and watch the forecast for the onset of hard frosts.

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