Fall is finally here and it’s either time to get your tools back out for a fall garden or store them for the winter. If you are ready to hang up your tools after a long summer, don’t just store them and forget about them. Here are some helpful tips to get everything ready for the upcoming winter season:

  1. Clean and store all hand tools or other gardening tools. Soap and water is all you need to use to get all the dirt and grime off. For the hard to reach crevices where dirt usually tends to stick, use some steel wool. Wipe dry and hang up.
  2. Store seeds in a sealed container. When the temperatures drop, many rodents look for something to eat. Your tasty seeds are a great snack. Seal the seeds in a Ziploc ® and place in a larger sealed container, preferably not on the floor. The trickier they are to get into, the less likely you will find them munched on in the spring.
  3. Don’t forget to disconnect any outside hoses and store them for the winter. Also, you might need to shut off the water line to those outside spigots, if possible.
  4. Winterize any machinery that won’t be used during the winter months. You can drain the gas and fluids or add a winterizing product for any fuel left in the machine.

These are just a few helpful tips that are easy to do and will keep everything ready and clean for the spring.

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