Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Getting Lawn Equipment and Garden Tools Ready for Winter

Waking up this morning and seeing the first frost on the ground was a great reminder that winter is just around the corner. And, while it isn't quite time to put everything away just yet, it is a good time to start winterizing some of the equipment that you aren't likely to use for the rest of the season.  That includes power equipment like lawn mowers and weed trimmers, as well as tools like shovels, hedge clippers, and post hole diggers.   Winterizing lawn and garden equipment doesn't take very long and is a great way to ensure that tools remain usable for years.

Below are a few tips for winterizing your lawn & garden equipment
Lawn mowers and other fuel powered equipment
  • Sharpen all blades
  • Dump or run out the old gas
  • Change the oil
  • Grease all fittings
Shovels, rakes, cultivators, and other tools
  • Soak to soften caked on dirt then brush it off
  • Sand any rust spots & coat metal with cooking oil to prevent further rust
  • Drain and coil garden hoses
  • Store in a dry place like a shed or garage

Plus: Here's a link to a 60 second radio spot with some more tips from Bob Vila on Fall Equipment Prep

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