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Care and maintenance of your garden and lawn equipment is important to keep them in good condition so they will last for years and years. We recommend the "Fall Clean-up" and "Spring Tune-up" approach. The neat thing about fall clean-up is it can be done after your yard cleanup, in the garage during those slower gardening time of the year.

Fall Clean-up

As you prepare to put away your garden tools and equipment for the winter, give them a thorough cleaning. Bring out the soap and water, sponge and scrubber. Clean your hand tool, lawn mowers, weed whackers and all other equipment. Hand dry them or let them air dry. Now you are ready to prepare them for winter, as winter can be hard on them too.

Tip: Do not leave tools and equipment out exposed to snow and rain, as they will rust, rot, and corrode.

Hand tools- Inspect them for broken handles, rust and dull blades. If the handles are broken, either repair them or plan to replace them. Sharpen any tool that are dull. Use a fine sandpaper to clean rust off any bare metal parts. Apply a light coat of oil on bare metal parts. Re-stain or repaint wooden handles and parts as needed.

Power Equipment- After cleaning, re-oil all moving parts. Sharpen lawnmower blades. Lightly oil bare metal parts. If possible, remove any gas in the tank or run it until dry as gas can get old. Inspect for worn out parts and plan to replace them over the long winter months, if possible.

Garden Hoses- Drain water completely as water in the hoses can freeze and break the hose.

Coldframes- Clean up your coldframe over the fall and winter months. If you spot mold, clean with a solution of water and bleach. If you use plastic, inspect for holes. If the plastic needs replacement do it now or in the spring. Don't wait until spring to get your coldframe ready or your plants may not have a home when they need to get outdoors. More on Coldframes

Spring Tune-up

If you did your fall Clean-up, your hand tools are ready to go! Ditto with hoses and many other items.

Power equipment- Change the oil and clean the oil filter. Replace spark plugs and any worn wires and parts. Put fresh gas into the unit.



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