Taking care of your garden requires the right tool for the job. When it comes to caring for your lawns, trees, shrubs, bushes and gardens, it’s vital that you have well oiled, sharp and effective tools, equipment and machinery. This is imperative for ensuring that the work is being done safely and efficiently.
While it’s important to keep your tools well-maintained no matter what time of year it is, in winter it’s likely that tools are sitting unused for extended periods of time. For that reason, it’s vital that you store them appropriately, so as not to incur rust or damage. We’ve compiled a handy guide of how to care for your gardening equipment during winter so that it’s easy to get back into the swing of things come summer.
If you’re looking for a way to take care of your garden tools this winter, you can also contact us at GYC for support and advice about the best practices and how-to advice. Call us on 1300 766 299 or contact us online.
First and foremost, make sure your garden tools are all cleaned of dirt and debris. Grab a brush, take all your dirty tools to the sink and give them a good cleaning. If there are any spots of rust on your tools, take to them with some steel wool.
Keen to get the edges of your tools back to a sharp finish? Make sure you’re protecting your hands with a pair of gloves before sharpening. If you don’t have the right tools to sharpen your tools, then get to your local hardware store or gardening centre – they should be able to sharpen them up for you quickly and easily. We offer sharpening and care at all GYC centres and would be happy to help no matter where you are in Sydney.
Be sure to check the handles of your tools for splinters, and if there are any rough edges, get a piece of soft sandpaper on them to make sure that they will continue to perform for years to come. You can use some wax or wood protectant to make sure the wood is kept dry and protected.
Protect the metal parts of your tools with metal oil, or spray them down with something like WD-40 or another type of lubricant, before packing your tools away for the colder months. Wrap them in dry rags or store them in a chest where they’ll be secure.
Make sure your sprayers are ready to go for the next season by washing them out thoroughly. Using soapy water and a small brush, take to your sprayers but be careful not to get any pesticides on your skin. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, eye protection and ensure the area where you’re cleaning is well ventilated.
Lawn Mowers and Other Power Tools
If you’re using a petrol-powered lawn mower, be sure to drain the fuel out before you put your mower away for the winter. You can also add a fuel stabiliser if you would prefer not to drain it. If you are using an electric mower, be sure to store it in a cool, dry place away from frost and other potentially extreme weather. Whether you have a petrol edger, a leaf blower or a hedger, you should drain it of petrol and store it securely in a shed or garage over winter to make sure it’s not being exposed to inclement weather.
You can also give your lawn mower a good clean to make sure that it’s ready to go come summer. If you need your mower blades sharpened, it’s best to use a professional – unless you have the tools to do it yourself. We can help with mower blade sharpening and would be happy to provide a price - just give us a call on 1300 766 299 or contact us online.
Would you class your barbecue as garden equipment? We think it scrapes in under the definition! Make sure you have given your barbecue a very thorough clean before you pack it away for winter. Drain your grease trap, scrub the surface and be sure to disconnect and safely store your gas bottle. If you have a barbecue cover, make sure that it’s firmly fitted and secured against inclement weather.
At GYC, we are proud to bring Aussie homes, schools and businesses the very best in garden care equipment, power tools and outdoor living equipment. If you would like to know more about how to care for your garden (or garden equipment), get in touch with us today!
Call us on 1300 766 299, contact us online or if you’re in Sydney, visit us in one of our seven stores. If you’re anywhere else in Australia, you can also shop online. We look forward to helping you soon!