Learn how to winterize lawn care equipment with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
After the last leaf has fallen and the chill of winter starts to set in, it’s time to put away the lawn care equipment. To keep your lawn care equipment in good shape for next spring, you’ll need to do more than simply store it indoors or throw a tarp over it. There are a few steps to take to properly winterize lawn care equipment. Learn all about it with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
It’s a good habit to clean your lawn care equipment off after every use. Before your lawn equipment sits all winter long, it’s important to give it a good cleaning. Clean off any grass, dirt or other debris. For lawn mowers, you’ll need to clean under the mower deck, too. Use a putty knife and wire scrub brush to remove any buildup and debris. If you leave the buildup over the winter, it can cause the mower to rust.
While you have everything disassembled, it’s also the perfect time to sharpen any cutting edges. Once they’re sharpened, carefully clean off the edges with an oily rag. For more tips on sharpening a lawn mower blade, read through our how-to article.
3. Remove Gasoline
You’ll also want to remove any gasoline from the lawn equipment. This also goes for two-cycle engines that run on an oil and gas mixture. Old gasoline will make the machines work harder when you start them back up in the spring. For gas-powered machines, run the engine until it runs out of gas and stops. For two-cycle engines, run it with the choke open to remove any fuel from the fuel lines. Once you’ve removed all the fuel, check and replace the spark plug.
These are just some general guidelines that can be followed for most lawn care equipment. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific machine. For more tips on lawn care and outdoor power equipment, visit our blog.