The best tool maintenance requires a little servicing before you store them away, not after. “It is not uncommon for people to forget this helpful rule-of-thumb,” says Michelle Sordi, director of marketing at Husqvarna Canada, a worldwide leader in outdoor power products. “Spending some time preparing your tools for storage will go a long way, saving you time and money come spring.” These tips from the pros will ensure a hassle-free start next year: • Give it a clean: The fluid left by cut grass is very corrosive, so it is important to clean gardening tools and mowers, especially before storage. Look for mowers with a water hose connector, allowing for easy cleaning of the cutting deck. • Drain the fuel: Gasoline left in fuel tanks over the winter will break down; leaving deposits and build-up that will plug the fuel system. Before you pack power equipment away, make sure you drain any leftover fuel. • Tune up: For the best performance results and a longer life for your tools, give them the deluxe service treatment by taking them to a skilled dealer (like Husqvarna) for an annual tune up. • Oil it up: Use an oiled cloth to wipe down metal areas and add a couple of drops of machine oil to moving parts. • Keep your equipment protected: Store your lawn equipment indoors, if possible. If storing outside, protect your equipment in a tool shed or cover it with a tarp. • Recharge the battery: Remember to fully recharge the machine’s battery during the winter months to ensure an easy start to the spring season. • Soak the trimmer line: A professional trick is to remove your trimmer line and let it soak in fresh water, maintaining its flexibility to be able to handle more strain and last longer. By following these tips and checking your equipment when it is stored, you are sure to avoid any unpleasant surprises in the spring. Additional information, tips and local power tool dealer locations are available online at www.husqvarna.ca.