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If you live in an area where it snows, you are probably ready to pull out the snow blower and shovel and pack away the lawn mower and all of your other summertime lawn equipment.
BEFORE you simply throw your tools and equipment into the shed or a storage unit, it is important to know how to properly store these items, otherwise, the tools may not work properly once you pull them out next summer and your lawn will suffer because of it.
Proper lawn equipment self storage is needed to ensure the longevity of your lawn tools and to ensure that you do not have to replace all of the equipment prematurely. Not sure how to store those items? Let’s take a look at some helpful tips.
Pay Attention to the Details
All of your lawn equipment came with a manufacturer’s booklet or pamphlet that told you how to properly store and maintain the items. If you did not keep these booklets, have no fear. In fact, many people do not and these booklets simply find themselves in the trash can with the box.
Much of your lawn equipment has a small engine within it. Think about your lawn mower, the weed eater, and similar items. You should follow the same storage tips for each one to ensure that your items are kept safe.
- Always clean your equipment before you place it in storage. You should remove all dirt and grass from the blades or any of the pieces of the equipment. If required, wash down the equipment and allow it to fully dry before you place it in your storage unit.
- Never simply store your lawn equipment without the proper oil to gas ratio. Not doing so can result in your items not starting back up once the winter is over.
- You want to make sure that you never place un-stabilized gas in your equipment and allow them to sit. This will cause the equipment to corrode.
In addition to lawn equipment with motors, you will also need to worry about your gardening tools as well.
To store these items, you want to clean them off and sterilize them, especially if you were digging around in the dirt, scooped up your dog’s feces, or anything of that nature. Once the items are clean and sterilized, you can then prep them to be placed within your storage unit.
You do not want to leave your garden tools lying on the floor in your storage unit or in your garage. You should utilize shelving options to keep them off of the ground and in an upright position.
Choose the Right Storage Unit for Your Needs
If you are looking for a storage unit for your lawn equipment, it is important to pay attention to the features of the unit. For example, if you plan to store your lawn equipment such as a mower or chainsaw, you would benefit best from a climate controlled unit, as it will help to protect your items the best.