Learn how to take care of your garden tools

Learn about garden tools from Master Gardener and active PlantAmnesty volunteer, Keith Dekker, with “Tool Talk – Taking Care of Your Garden Tools,” a Green Thumbs Garden Tips education series lecture set for noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, on Zoom.

Join by computer at tinyurl.com/GTdekker or by phone at 253-215-8782 (meeting ID 953 7847 5958, passcode 145778).

Dekker will share his preferences for which quality tools to buy, which products to use when sterilizing and lubricating them and, how to extend their life and save money in the process. He will advise attendees on how to keep their tools sharp and clean, and how to store them during the winter months so that they are ready to work in the Spring.

“Fall is a great time to inventory your tools, clean them up, and maybe replace some worn parts, including wood handles,” says Dekker.

Dekker has been involved in horticulture for over 45 years. For the past 30 years, his career has focused on the comprehensive care of residential landscapes in the Pacific Northwest. He is a graduate of the 2017 Clallam County Master Gardeners class and was voted intern of the year.

Dekker also served as board president of the Clallam County Master Gardener Foundation. He contributes to his community by teaching classes and giving talks to promote best practices for successful, sustainable gardening.

Sponsored by WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners, the Green Thumbs Garden Tips education series seeks to provide home gardeners with education on research-based sustainable garden practices in Clallam County.

The series is offered via streaming presentations from noon-1 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday each month through October (in November, December and January, one program is offered). Scheduled presentations are subject to change. Visit the WSU Extension Clallam County website calendar (extension.wsu.edu/clallam) for the latest information on upcoming presentations.

For more information, call 360-565-2679.