5 Landscaping Mistakes To Avoid This Fall

Colder and shorter days means most of us aren’t nearly as productive or motivated during the winter. But before you bust out those comfy pants and queue up a Netflix marathon, there’s one last thing you need to do. As you finish up with the rest of your fall lawn chores, remember to care for the tools you’ve used all season long. Tools left dirty and unattended will likely not be much help next season.

The lawn mower does a dirty job that causes a lot of dirt, grass clippings, and stick debris to get caught in its mechanisms. To ensure it will work properly next summer, prepare your lawn mower for winter by giving it a good cleaning and taking it to the mechanic for a tune-up (via Popular Mechanics). All that dirt sitting for months will deteriorate the machine, and you won’t get as many years out of it as a result. Since these aren’t cheap items, you’ll want to ensure you care for them as best you can.

Other garden tools such as rakes, shovels, pruning sheers, and weed whackers will need some TLC as well, according to HGTV. Removing any dirt, sap, and rust is the first step. Next, you can use a bucket of soapy water and a scrub brush to clean them up. This takes little time, and your tools will thank you next spring.

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