Tips For Organizing Your Yard Equipment


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Have you ever gone to your garden shed and found that your yard equipment is in a mess all the time? If this is a fact, then this short article is here to give you some tips on how you can organize your equipment so it is easier to find. Here are a few simple tips to get you started.

Tip 1. The first thing you should do is clean out your shed and place everything on the lawn. Throw away anything that is not being used or is rubbish, this way you will have more room when putting the equipment back in.

Tip 2. The next thing you can look at is working out if you can hang anything like hedge trimmers or whipper snippers on the walls. Make up some simple hooks with some hard wire that can support the weight of your machine. By hanging some of the more flexible items on the walls it leaves you with some extra space on the floor.

Tip 3. If you have things like fuel and other nick knacks that are needed for your machines, why not look into buying some cheap storage boxes that can pack all this into. Storage boxes are great for keeping everything in a tidy compact spot.

Tip 4. If you have things that can be placed on shelves, why not do a little DIY craftsmanship and build a small set of shelves for those things that cannot be placed in a storage box. Shelves come in handy when you have to place something where you can find it.

Tip 5. When placing the rest of your equipment into your shed, set it so it is in a neat row or line that is not too cluttered. If you can make a walking area between your equipment then you can easily walk through your shed and pick the machine that you need without falling over everything.

So as you can see there are many ways of organizing your yard equipment, so why not get started today. You may even find something that you have not seen in a long time.

Don’t Wait to Service Your Tools and Yard Equipment

You’ve been thinking about your snow blower. You know the winter months are quickly approaching, but you haven’t even put away your leaf blower yet! However, you’re aware that if you wait until the first snowfall you’re going to have to scramble to get your snow blower cleaned up, serviced and ready to do its job. And it’s not much different when winter turns to spring and lawn mower repair comes to mind. You know that you must replace that blade before the grass starts to grow.

Each season brings with it a new set of tools and machines for yard care and maintenance around the home. As many have found out the hard way, if we procrastinate in regard to lawn equipment maintenance, tool repair and the servicing of our machines, we may end up reluctantly on our neighbor’s doorstep borrowing a tool or two.

Of course, we’re somewhat ashamed by this, knowing that it could’ve been avoided if we had only carved out a few minutes to clean, oil and service our equipment so that it’s ready to go when needed. It’s a frustrating feeling when we pull the starter cord on our lawn mower, leaf blower or snow thrower for the first time after about a year, only to find that nothing happens.

Stay Ahead of the Game

You’ve probably been working with tools and yard equipment long enough to know what it takes to keep this equipment in good working order. But a little refresher course never hurts. Let’s briefly go over a few things to pay attention to when servicing and preparing your yard equipment for another season. Always keep the owner’s manual around for each piece of equipment to use as a maintenance reference guide if needed.

Snow Blower: Change the oil. This goes for every piece of equipment run by a gas engine. Also, check the tires and make sure they are properly inflated. Take a look at the spark plug to make sure it is not worn or dirty. If you do see signs of wear, replace it. Check the belts for wear and tear, replacing them if they don’t look like they’ll last another season. Also look at the blades and auger to make sure they are sharp and turning evenly.

Lawn Mower: The same basic engine maintenance procedures apply in regard to changing the oil and checking the spark plug and all other connections. Also, look at your blade to see if it needs sharpening or replacing. If it is dull and nicked up, you’ll probably want to replace it. After draining the engine for the oil change, drain the rest of the fuel from the fuel tank, either by running the engine or carefully slipping off the fuel line. Proceed to turn the mower on its side to scrape the underside free of caked grass and debris. You may want to remove the blade for this.

Leaf Blower: If your leaf blower is electric, check the cord for any damage. Take a damp cloth and clean the blower tube. Many of these tubes can be removed for cleaning. If your leaf blower is gas-powered, the same general rules apply as with any small engine; change the oil, check the spark plug and check all connections.

Miscellaneous: When it comes to power tool repair, whether it’s a screwdriver, a drill or a saw, each item has its own unique set of characteristics. But they also have things in common, such as a power source. Whether the tool is run by electricity or is battery-operated, always check the power source and cords for damage and corrosion. When storing, remove batteries or wrap up cords evenly.

Remember rule number one when it comes to servicing your seasonal equipment: Stay one season ahead!

Today’s Yard Equipment Makes Easy Work Out of Yard Maintenance

Yard equipment; ah, the feeling of making your first money from mowing the neighbor’s lawn. In the fifties, mowing the lawn was good for a dollar or two for sweating in the hot sun pushing the mower over the grass. Once motorized lawn mowers became popular it was easier and quicker to cut the grass and you could even charge more for it. But you didn’t really evolve until you made it to your first riding mower. The riding mower was the best. It made a job seem more like fun. Kids begged to mow the lawn. Even mothers didn’t seem to mind the lawn work.

Lawn equipment in the early days wasn’t exciting. Your father went to Sears, Penny’s, and Montgomery Ward’s and bought whatever was sitting on the show floor. As the years went by, home improvement businesses like Lowe’s and Home Depot put many different brands and types out there for us to choose from. Owning a really nice riding mower became another step in “keeping up with the Jones”. Neighbors compared the John Deer to the Kubota. A rivalry over which mower makes the closest cut was sure to arise.

There are so many different types of electric tools for yard work that naming them is hard. There is a device that runs down the sidewalk and cuts the grass that is real close or a long item that looks like the nose on a swordfish that cuts the tops off shrubbery. There are smaller electric tools that will shape your shrubbery into beautiful and interesting topiary forms. There are small machines that look like a bulldozer that can be used in a yard to dig and to rearrange the landscape. Specialized tools are used to install and hook up an in ground sprinkler system.

You can’t forget about the lowly weed eater. Where would we be without this piece of equipment that made it easier to get rid of the weeds in our flower garden or next to the sidewalk, house and driveway? Sometimes it has even been necessary to mow the entire yard with the weed eater when the battery is dead on the mower or something else goes wrong with it.

Chainsaws make it easier for us to cut down trees or to cut up trees that have fallen down. Trimmers work on the shrubs and trees that line the driveway. Leaf blowers can be used to blow the leaves up into a pile or to suck them up into a bag to discard them. There are machines that are used to chip up branches and small trees. The wood chips can then be used as mulch for the garden.

Of course, if you plan to plant a garden you will need a tiller to turn over the ground and make your rows for planting. There are also smaller tiller type machines that can be used to remove the weeds that come up between the rows.