Sharpening a Blade and Garden Chemical Disposal
Sharpening a Blade
Hold the tool in a vise to sharpen a garden-tool blade. Use a coarse file or a second-cut file to reestablish the bevel along the cutting edge. To create a sharp digging edge use a smooth file or a sharpening stone. Keep the file angle consistent and the pressure uniform. Stroke in one direction only.
Garden Chemical Disposal
Do not dump leftover garden chemicals in the garbage or down the sink. They can contaminate water supplies and otherwise harm the environment.
- Use it all up. Buy small amounts of chemicals and use them completely so there are no leftovers. Share with friends or neighbors.
- Disposal methods for containers vary according to the product. Always read the label carefully and follow the disposal recommendations. Do not rinse out the container unless the manufacturer specifies that you should.
- When in doubt, check with the experts. Your local government can tell you how to dispose of lawn and garden chemicals. Some cities have hazardous-waste disposal days. Others have designated sites for dropping off problem refuse.
- Never use containers that have been used to store chemicals.