As the garden beds down for winter, this is when you need to think about how and where to store your tools. Early morning mist, rain, snow, ice… harsh weather can be a very corrosive time for metal, plastic and rubber components.
The cold and damp is especially bad news for battery-powered tools which are likely to malfunction if moisture gets trapped inside. The same applies to petrol-powered machines. Organic matter oxidises and breaks down metal surfaces, and any fuel left sitting in the engine risks degrading the mechanical parts.
Whatever type of equipment you own, don’t risk the expensive mistake of not cleaning, maintaining and storing it properly. Here are some quick and simple tips on looking after it during winter:
Lastly, drain and disconnect outside hoses and sprinklers. Then loop the hosepipe round its holder avoiding kinks that might split into holes when the temperature drops. A little TLC carried out now means that when spring comes around, your garden tools are ready for action.