There is no doubt many Americans value proper yard maintenance. In fact, 90% of those with a yard believe it’s important to keep it well maintained, which requires a decent amount of tools and equipment to accomplish.
To keep a manicured lawn, homeowners need tools, such as a lawn mower, edger, handheld trowels and ground shovels. As summer comes to a close, you should begin considering end-of-season maintenance and storage options for your landscaping equipment. That way you’ll be ready to keep a pristine lawn next year.
Here are four tips to prepare your landscaping equipment for storage during the fall and winter months.
1. Drain or Stabilize Fuel
Oil left in the tank during the offseason can decrease efficiency and shorten the life of engines. Drain the oil in equipment, such as your trimmer, lawn mower or blower before storing them for cooler seasons to ensure an easy startup in the spring.
Follow these steps to properly drain your fuel system:
- Place a tarp and pan to catch oil.
- Remove oil reservoir plug.
- Slowly tilt the tank to drain.
- Replace plug once oil is drained.
2. Replace Damaged Parts
Your equipment may not work properly come spring if any parts are damaged, missing or worn out. To prevent complications, inspect your equipment thoroughly before placing items into storage.
Keep an eye out for damage to any of these potential hazards:
- Damaged O-rings in the gas cap.
- Dirty air filters.
- Faulty spark plugs.
- Missing nuts or screws.
- Worn out lawn mower blades, belts, springs or pulleys.
If any of these issues arise, be sure to replace or repair any faulty parts to ensure they work properly next season.
3. Clean Off Dirt and Rust
Cleaning your equipment regularly is essential to maintaining its condition while in storage. Remove any caked-on soil and thoroughly wash and dry tools to prevent rusting or deteriorating of metals.
The following tools should be cleaned before storing to ensure they are ready for use when it comes time to pull them out:
- Ground shovels.
- Lawn mowers.
- Weed whackers.
4. Utilize a Self-Storage Unit
Ensure the safety and security of your equipment by placing items in a self-storage unit that offers the following amenities to accommodate your needs:
- Premium security features that provide around the clock monitoring and alarms to safeguard your landscaping equipment.
- Climate-controlled units that preserve the integrity of your equipment by safeguarding items from rust or water damage.
- Various unit sizes to provide storage options for equipment of all sizes.
With these tips, homeowners can keep their landscaping equipment mechanically sound and in good condition.
What additional steps do you take to ensure the safety of your landscaping equipment during colder weather? Share in the comment section below!
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