Storage Facilities 101: How To Store Lawn And Garden Equipment

Posted on: 17 April 2017

It costs approximately $100 to $200 per month for a lawn care service to take care of your lawn. As you can imagine, that price can really add up month after month and year after year. For this reason, most people choose to do their own yard work. However, DIY lawn care has its own expenses. First, you must purchase all the necessary equipment, pay to maintain it and pay to store it properly. If you overlook the latter, you could have to purchase new equipment a lot sooner than you might think. Following you will find out how to store lawn and garden equipment properly. 

Push Mowers and Riding Mowers

Always store your mowers in a clean, dry place. If you're not going to be using the equipment for several weeks or months, you also have to prep it for storage. Clean your machine thoroughly and add fuel stabilizer to the tank. You may also want to change the spark plugs, sharpen the cutting blade and change the oil and all the filters at this time. You should also grease any moving parts. If you're storing your mower in a storage facility, you may want to check the rules. Some facilities do not allow you to store gasoline. If this is the case, you will have to empty your fuel tank first. 

Trimmers, Edgers and Blowers

All mechanical lawn tools need care before you place them into storage for an extended period of time. In addition to cleaning each piece thoroughly, you should inspect the condition of the unit. If any cables, string or blades are worn, replace them. Lubricate the springs and other moving parts while tightening down all screws and bolts. Add fuel stabilizer to all equipment that uses fuel if you plan to store them with fuel in the tank. If you see any dry, cracked hoses, replace them. 

Manual Cutting Tools and Shovels

Manual garden tools, such as pruners, shears and shovels, need care before they are stored as well. Clean all tools, removing dirt and debris, with a wire brush. If you must use water to clean your metal tools, be sure to let them dry thoroughly. Apply a liberal amount of lubricant to the moving parts of each piece of equipment before placing them in storage.

You can't simply roll garden equipment into a storage facility like I-70 Self Storage and store it for an extended period of time. If you want your tools to be ready for use when you need them, you must store them properly.