The Richmond Register

Lifestyles & Community

November 7, 2012

Winterize your tools

A little maintenance now can save you money and a headache come next spring

RICHMOND — Now is a good time to winterize your tools.

Doing so can save you money and a headache when springs comes around next year.

Make sure to drain your water hose. Water expands as it freezes and could damage your hose, if it is not properly drained.

Stretch the hose all the way out with both ends open. Allow all the water to drain out, then coil it up. Store them on hose reels or coiled on the ground. Hanging the hose on a nail could promote kinks in the line.

Inspect your garden tools. Make sure to clean off any dirt or debris.

Soil or plant material left on tools could transmit disease to your plants next year.

For especially heavy clay soil, you may need to use a wire brush for cleaning. Spray metal parts with a penetrating oil such as WD-40 to prevent rust.

Another idea is to place sand and oil (such as motor oil) in a large bucket, then slide your tools in and out of the sand.

Tools such as hoes and spades need to be kept sharp. After cleaning the metal, use a sharpening stone or a file.

Keep the file at a slight angle over the beveled edge. That would be the top or front side of shovels or spades.

Using a sweeping motion from one side to the other, push the file along the edge in a one-way stroke away from the blade.

After sharpening the front, turn the tool over and lightly file the back of the blade to remove any metal burrs that may have formed when the front side was filed. Wipe the blade with oil.

Loppers, pruners and other cutting utensils also need to be routinely sharpened in a similar fashion to the ones described above.

Also, check your tools for plant sap. Accumulation of this sticky material can dull and impair usage. Turpentine can be used to clean off gunky material.

Run your mower until it is out of fuel or add a fuel stabilizer; otherwise you could damage your engine. Also, change your oil.

Old oil can be corrosive to engine parts, especially if the mower is just sitting idle during the winter. Check the owner’s manual for any tips on winterizing the machine. Make sure the blades are sharpened for next spring’s first cutting.

Text Only
Lifestyles & Community
  • Brandon-Sears-c.jpg Beef Cattle Association field day is Thursday

    Make plans to attend the Madison County Beef Cattle Association field day on Thursday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The event will take place at the farm of Dr. Eugene Bowling, 1437 Barnes Mill Road in Richmond. Signs will be posted.
    This meeting qualifies as a CAIP educational component.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 04.23 JessaTurner1.jpg Eat local and eat with the seasons

    This week marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, and what could be more important to our survival than clean air, clean water and clean food?

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Amanda-Sears-c.jpg Proper care enables planting of Easter lilies

    Did you receive or purchase an Easter lily? If so, be sure to treat it right and you will be able to plant it outside this spring.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lisa Adams.jpg 4-H Camping Season Nears

    Hopefully, we have seen the last of the snow for the year, so now is the time for young people and their parents to begin making plans for an annual summer ritual, 4-H Camp.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dick-Ham.jpg These things cause me concern for the future

    I was just thinking the other day about things that are happening in this country that do not bode well for the future.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • WP_20140419_001.jpg Cruisin’ with the Oldies

    With the sound of classic songs wafting through the air Saturday, hundreds of people took advantage of the summer-like temperatures and turned out for the Kirksville Community Center car show.

    April 21, 2014 9 Photos

  • 04.18 Food .jpg It’s egg party time

    I love this time of the year because eggs really do go down in price during the Easter season. I have some new recipes on how to fix eggs besides the coloring part.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • 04.18 Steaks.jpg Where’s the beef?

    Today, the American consumer has more money to spend on the widest variety of foods than at any other time in our history.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • 4.15 Eggstravaganza 1.jpg Easter bunny's ‛eggbeater’ will fly eggs to Richmond

    Who knew the Easter bunny could fly?

    Skeptics can come to the Easter Eggstravaganza in Richmond’s Irvine-McDowell Park on Saturday to see for themselves. However, the bunny still doesn’t fly in bad weather. But on Monday, temperatures in the 60s with partly cloudy skies were predicted for Saturday.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dick-Ham.jpg We old folks have unique experiences

    A friend sent this to me by e-mail, and I thought my readers would enjoy it.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Should Richmond rezone the southwest corner of Main Street and Tates Creek Avenue to B-1 (Neighborhood Business) with restrictions to allow construction of a financial services office?

Yes
No
     View Results