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Time to Dust Off that Lawn and Garden Equipment

by Jeffrey Anderson, All About Lawns Columnist

When autumn winds down and the leaf colors have turned to brown, we start getting ready for winter's snow and the onset of the holiday season. Our lawn and garden equipment often gets tossed into the shed or garage, and we start thinking about snow shovels and holiday decorations. Well, winter has come to an end--it's time to put away that snow shovel and make sure your lawn and garden equipment is ready to go.

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What Does Your Lawn and Garden Equipment Need?

Make a list of what you need to pick up at the home improvement store for your lawn and garden equipment. Do an inspection of your electric tools:

  • Look at your extension cords--do they meet OSHA safety standards?
  • Do the tools have good power cords, or should they be replaced?
  • Make sure the tools are clean and have adequate lubrication.

Take a look at your gas-powered equipment and add any necessary components to your shopping list. Consumer Reports has some good tips for getting your mower ready. Consider the following as you check your gas-powered tools:

  • Are oil filters ready for another season?
  • Are the pull cords frayed and ready to break?
  • Should the air filters be replaced?
  • Do you have enough oil on hand?
  • Should blades be sharpened?
  • Is there enough line for the string trimmers?

Don't forget about your lawn and garden hand tools. Are the blades, tines, hinges, and handles in good shape? You might want to see if your landscape saws need their blades sharpened. Check the handles of your shovels and rakes for cracks or signs they might break.

Few things are more frustrating than being ready to start a project, and finding your tools aren't ready. Take some time now to make sure your lawn and garden equipment is set for spring.

About the Author

Jeffrey Anderson has a Degree in English from V.M.I. and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in Residential and Commercial construction management for 25 years before retiring to write full time.

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