How To Properly Store Your Landscaping Tools And Equipment
Whether you are a professional landscaper, or just someone who likes their garden to look great, chances are, you’ve accumulated quite a number of landscaping tools and different pieces of equipment over the years. During the winter, your tools probably don’t see a lot of use (if you live in a cold climate) so you most likely have them either in self-storage, or in the garden shed waiting for the spring. Keep your landscaping tools and equipment stored properly by using the below storage tips.
Always clean before storage
Most tools end up useless because people put them away while they are still covered with dirt and debris. The moisture in dirt can quickly rust tools. Make sure to give metal garden tools a thorough cleaning with water, and then properly dry them off before you put them away, regardless of the length of time.
How to store metal
Purchase a galvanized steel tub and fill it up three quarters full with sand. Add your standard motor oil and mix it until the sand is moist, but not completely soaked through. Place your metal implements (hoes, trowels, shovels, spades and hedge trimmers) into the sand after you have thoroughly cleaned them. The sand will ensure that the edges stay sharp and the small amount of motor oil will keep the metal lubricated while not in use.
Utilize vertical space
The major reason that you want to hang metal tools far above the ground is so that they don't come into contact with any moisture and end up rusting. You also want to make sure that they are not stored in a big heap, one on top of the other, so that they scraping their edges together and becoming dull.
Keep gas in gas powered tools
If you use a gas powered lawn mower, hedge trimmer, or weed wacker, just like a car, you want to make sure that you store them, long term, with fuel in the tank. This way you prevent moisture from building up while your expensive landscaping equipment is not in use and ensure that it runs smoothly the next time you take it out.
Good quality landscaping equipment does not come cheap, which is why you should spend some extra time prepping it before you put it away into storage. Keep the above landscaping tool and equipment tips in mind and get the most out of them for years to come.