Tips for Springtime Prep of Your Lawn & Garden Tools

Feb 4, 2024 | The Tree Wisdom Blog

As the winter frost begins to thaw, homeowners eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring, and with it comes the task of prepping lawn equipment for the upcoming season. A well-maintained arsenal of tools is essential for a well manicured lawn and garden. Here’s a guide to help you get your lawn equipment ready for springtime:

Fresh Fuel is a Must!

This is our number one tip:  The biggest killer of outdoor power equipment is bad fuel.  Tools like lawn mowers, chainsaws, tillers, almost any outdoor power tool with a two or four stroke engine, will run poorly or not at all with bad fuel.  Ethanol in today’s gasoline mixes is also hard on outdoor power equipment.

Your best bet is always to store your equipment during the offseason without fuel in the tank or carburetor.

If you did store the equipment with fuel during the offseason, drain the old fuel out of the equipment and fill with fresh fuel.  Ideally, try to use ethanol free fuel.  It’s a bit more costly at the pump and isn’t available at every gas station, but the modest extra cost and effort to use ethanol free gas will increase the reliability of your lawn equipment and reduce the headaches of repairing or replacing tools ruined by bad fuel.  When stored properly, ethanol-free fuel will generally endure an offseason, and can still be used the following spring.

Lawn Mower Maintenance

Start by inspecting your lawn mower. Change the oil, replace the spark plug, and clean or replace the air filter. Sharpen the mower blades to ensure a clean cut, promoting a healthier lawn. Check the fuel system, including the fuel filter and carburetor, and top off the fuel tank with fresh gasoline.

Trimmer and Edger Tune-Up

Clean the trimmer and edger thoroughly, removing any grass or debris that may have accumulated during the previous season. Replace the trimmer line if it’s worn or damaged. Check the fuel lines and filter, and make sure the equipment is lubricated at the recommended points. Adjust the trimmer head and edger blade to the desired height for optimal performance.

Blower and Vacuum Readiness

If you have a leaf blower or vacuum, inspect the equipment for any signs of wear or damage. Clean or replace the air filter and fuel filter. Ensure that the blower’s nozzle or vacuum attachment is in good condition. Lubricate moving parts, such as fan blades or impellers, to guarantee smooth operation.

Pruner and Hedge Trimmer Care

Clean and lubricate the blades of your pruners and hedge trimmers. If the blades are dull, sharpen them to facilitate clean cuts and promote plant health. Check the fuel system for any issues, and replace the spark plug. Lubricate the gear mechanism if applicable, and tighten any loose bolts or screws.

Irrigation System Inspection

If you have an irrigation system, this is the best time to inspect it. Check for leaks, clogs, or damaged components. Clean or replace clogged sprinkler heads and adjust the direction and range of spray. Ensure that the timer or controller is programmed correctly, accounting for seasonal changes in watering needs.

Soil Testing and Fertilizer Application

Conduct a soil test to assess nutrient levels and pH. Based on the results, plan a fertilization schedule for the spring season. Clean and calibrate your fertilizer spreader to ensure an even application of nutrients across your lawn.

Tool Storage and Organization

Finally, organize your lawn equipment storage area. Clean and inspect your tool shed or garage, discarding any damaged or unnecessary items. Arrange your equipment for easy access, making it convenient to grab the right tool when needed.

Taking the time to prepare your lawn equipment for spring not only ensures optimal performance but also extends the lifespan of your tools. A well-maintained set of equipment sets the stage for a successful and enjoyable lawn care season, allowing you to achieve the lush, green lawn you desire.

Assessing Tree Health

Early spring is also a great time to have us come out and assess any trees you may be concerned about.   Once the trees gain leaf cover, wind gusts put a lot more pressure on the root system of a tree.   Contact us to come take a look and give you an assessment.