Learn how to extend the longevity of garden tools with proper care

MONTICELLO, Ill. – Do garden shovels need to be sharpened? How should loppers be cleaned? What needs considered when purchasing pruners? Get the answer to these and more at University of Illinois Extension’s Garden Tool Maintenance.

Garden Tool Maintenance hosted by Piatt County Master Gardeners will be from noon to 1 p.m. on April 19 at Piatt County Extension, 210 S. Market St., Monticello, Ill. This free event will cover what to look for in purchasing quality garden tools, the best cleaning and sharpening methods, and best practices for storage.

Register by April 18 at go.illinois.edu/MGtools. For more information, please contact Beth Miglin, horticulture Extension coordinator, at bmiglin@illinois.edu or call 217-762-2191.

The horticulture program is a branch of University of Illinois Extension that provides research-based information and training about soil testing, tree health, lawn care, pest identification and control, vegetable gardening, and more. The horticulture program also provides Master Gardener training. Find DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt Extension Master Gardeners and Horticulture on Facebook.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact 217-762-2191. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

Source: Beth Miglin, Horticulture Coordinator, University of Illinois Extension

Writer: Laura Crider, Marketing and Communications, University of Illinois Extension

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