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Yard Tool Storage Tips

Properly storing summer yard equipment will give you years of extra use.

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Having a well-maintained yard is enjoyable and can add value to your home, but it takes a lot of work and some specialized tools. When the season’s over, take some time to properly store your summer lawn equipment. With a little attention, they’ll give you years of service.

Power tools (lawn mower, edger, tiller, etc.)

  • For gas engines, drain the fuel system or use a fuel stabilizer.
  • Clean or replace the air filter.
  • Sharpen all blades and apply a light coat of oil to prevent corrosion.
  • Clean all surface areas – including cutting decks – of debris and wipe clean.  
  • Lubricate all exposed cables, pivot points, hinges, etc., using a good-quality spray lubricant.
  • Change oil if applicable (check owner’s manual for instructions).
  • If you have a riding mower, remove the battery, clean it and store in a cool, dry place.
  • Store tools in a dry, protected place such as your garage or a garden shed. Never store near pool chemicals, cleaners, fertilizers or next to a furnace, water heater or appliance with a pilot light.


  • Clean with a hose and remove any remaining fertilizer.
  • Oil bearings and any other sliding or rotating metal parts.
  • On metal spreaders, wipe a thin coat of oil on the bottom of discharge ports.

Hand tools

  • Removed any caked-on dirt or debris.
  • Sharpen or replace blades on tools that cut or dig.
  • Wipe down the metal with light oil to prevent corrosion.
  • Check wooden handles for any splinters, breaks and cracks. Smooth weathered wood handles with medium-grit sandpaper and apply a thin coat of linseed oil. Replace if damaged.
  • Keep tools off the ground.


  • Drain and roll up hoses to prevent cracks from freezing.
  • Store chemicals and fertilizers in a locked case away from children and pets.

Whenever possible, store your lawn equipment in a garage or shed. If you need to store them outside, protect them with a tarp. Taking a little bit of time at the end of the season to carefully store your lawn equipment will give you years of use from them.

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