Packing up your tools for winter
A bit of prep at this end of the year will pay dividends in the spring, so rather than watching the telly this afternoon, get a bit of fresh air.
Once the jobs are done you have every right to feel very smug indeed and think about how much time and money you’ll save in 2016 too. Bonus!
- Before storing your tools make sure you give them a good clean.
- Sharpen the blades of brush-cutters, loppers, secateurs and shears.
- Lightly spray the metal surfaces with a protective oil or grease to prevent rusting.
- Clean forks, spades and trowels with a wire brush and lightly grease.
- Make sure you sand down any wooden handled tools and preserve the wood with linseed oil.
- After giving your lawn its final cut of the year, book your mower in for a service.
- Alternatively, for petrol mowers, drain the petrol, remove grass and soil from the rollers, sharpen and grease the blades and store in a dry shed or garage.
- For electric mowers, clean and remove earth and grass from the undersides and check for cracks and damage on the plastic covers. Blunt blades can be sharpened but replace badly worn or damaged blades.