With winter quickly approaching, it’s time to prepare your lawn care equipment for the winter. Winterization of your lawn care equipment is essential after a year of heavy use. Lawnmowers, leaf blowers, edgers, and other tools need to be properly maintained to extend their lifetime. We’ve put together a list of the top tips for lawn care equipment winterization so you can protect and get the most out of your equipment.
Which Lawn Care Equipment Do I Winterize?
The lawn care tools that you regularly use throughout the year degrade over time. End of year maintenance will help you keep everything working efficiently. Before the cold really settles in, take an inventory of which tools you’ll need to winterize.
- Leaf Blower
- Pruning Shears
Lawn Care Tools to Winterize:
Clean and Disinfect
The first step of lawn equipment winterization is cleaning and disinfecting, especially for lawnmowers and everything used to cut. Tree and lawn diseases are easily spread through contaminated lawn equipment so disinfecting everything at the end of the year is essential. Not only that, but by cleaning off the soil, sap, and grass clippings you’re helping to keep your tools functioning properly and efficiently.
Make a mixture of 1tbsp dish detergent in 1 gallon of warm water and use a scrubbing brush to clean the blades of your lawn equipment. This should include your loppers, pruning shears, saws, and lawnmower. Make sure you are careful, blades are meant to be sharp after all. Once the blades are clean, rinse them off with your hose.
Disinfecting is the next step. You can do this with household disinfectants, chlorine bleach, or isopropyl alcohol. Depending on which disinfectant you choose, make sure you have the appropriate mix. For some disinfectants, like chlorine bleach, you’ll need to soak your blades for 30 minutes. For the easiest disinfecting method, use isopropyl alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol doesn’t require you to soak the blades; all you need to do is wipe the blades down and you’re done.
Winterization of Your Gas Powered Tools
At the end of the year, it’s important to winterize your gas-powered lawn equipment. The gas that is left in the tank over winter can cause a lot of damage and may even require extensive repairs or replacing your mower. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to avoid this.
Once you’ve finished your final cut of the year, run your mower (or other gas-powered devices) until the tank is dry. Leftover fuel can cause clogs, corrosion, and frozen lines, so it’s important to run it until it’s dry. If you just recently refueled and would prefer not wasting the leftover gas, then use a turkey baster or siphon to transfer it into a gas can. You could also add fuel stabilizer to the remaining gas in your tank and then run it for a few minutes. Running it allows the fuel stabilizer to circulate through the fuel lines and into the carburetor, giving you the most protection.
Prepare Your Winter Equipment
Finally, it’s time to prepare your winter lawn equipment. Get your snowblower, snow shovels, and salt out of storage and prepare them for regular use. Make sure your snowblower is ready to go and maybe even give it a test run to ensure everything is working properly. Put everything in an easy to access spot in your garage or shed.
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