With winter arriving and the growing season coming to an end, it’s time to put those lawn tools away until next year.
Lawn tools and equipment are an investment that, properly cared for, can last for decades. Here are some of the most common tools for lawn care and how to show them some love.
During the growing season, you might be pulling out the mower two or three times a week. After a full summer of trimming the grass, that number adds up! Keep this workhorse in great shape by doing a little postseason cleanup. Begin by disconnecting the spark plug wire, then brush off grass clippings, leaves, and mud, taking care to clean out the engine intake. Tip the mower gently on its side to remove any clippings or other grime from underneath the mower. Gasoline can deteriorate in as little as 30 days and cause the engine’s fuel system to clog. Adding a fuel storage stabilizer can help keep the fuel fresh for up to 24 months. After adding the stabilizer, fill the tank with fuel to the top, and let the mower run for a few minutes to work the treated fuel through the system. The full tank helps prevent moisture from getting into the tank and causing rust.
Hoses are probably one of the most neglected lawn tools. They often get left out in the hot sun and haphazardly piled near the spigot. Particularly if you live in an area with freezing temperatures, it’s very important to disconnect the hose from the spigot. Leaving it connected could allow water to freeze in the pipes, causing leaks and damage to your plumbing. Instead, after removing the hose, be sure to properly drain it, working in sections if needed. Coil the hose in 18 to 24 inch loops, and connect the ends if you can–this helps keep dust and debris out of the hose during storage. Store the hose on a round surface, rather than a hook or nail, as these can cause kinks and cracks to form.
Pruners, Loppers, and Shears
Give these tools a proper cleaning by unscrewing the nut holding them together, and wash all the parts separately in soapy water. Remove any rust by soaking in vinegar and water and scrubbing with steel wool. Sanitize by soaking in a bleach and water solution, which helps prevent any spread of disease to your plants. Dry thoroughly, then rub with boiled linseed oil before reassembling. Use a multi-sharpener to keep the edges sharp and ready for next season.
All Green Pest Control Can Help
While you’re putting your lawn tools to rest for the season, make sure to properly care for your lawn as well. It’s a busy time of year, so take one thing off your list by contacting All Green Pest Control and Lawn Care to give your lawn the pampering it needs before winter. We serve Provo and the Wasatch Front in Utah and will help you achieve a lush, green lawn come spring.