Are you putting your lawn equipment in storage for the winter?
Here are just a few quick tips to keep in mind when storing your items:
- Clean the equipment: Before storing your lawn equipment, make sure to clean it thoroughly. Remove any dirt, grass clippings, or debris from the surface and crevices of the equipment.
- Drain fuel and oil: If your lawn equipment, such as lawnmowers or trimmers, runs on gasoline or oil, drain these fluids before storing them. Storing equipment with fuel can be hazardous and is generally prohibited in self-storage facilities due to safety concerns.
- Disconnect batteries: If your equipment has batteries (e.g., lawn tractors), disconnect them to prevent drainage and potential damage.
- Inspect for damage: Check your lawn equipment for any signs of damage. Repair or replace any broken parts before storing them to ensure they’re in good condition when you need them again.
- Disassemble if possible: If you can disassemble certain parts of your equipment (e.g., detachable handles), it may save space and reduce the risk of damage during storage.
- Use covers or tarps: Consider covering your lawn equipment with a tarp or breathable cover to protect them from dust and moisture. Make sure the cover is clean and dry to prevent mildew.
- Elevate the equipment: If possible, store your lawn equipment off the ground to avoid direct contact with cold or damp surfaces. You can use pallets or shelves for this purpose.
- Organize the storage unit: Arrange your lawn equipment in an organized manner to make access easier when you need to retrieve something later. Place frequently used items toward the front for better accessibility.