Winter is coming and it is time for the final cut of the season and the preparation of the garden and outdoor spaces for the cold months to come.
From the maintenance and correct storage of garden tools and tools for the colder months, to preparing the lawn in winter, to thoroughly cleaning the terrace and garden furniture before they are stored for the next spring season, the team of experts at Husqvarna Ireland has some top offers We have put together tips to prepare your garden or your outdoor area for winter and to make the most of the fresh air.
Lawn mower and garden equipment service
After the final cut of the season, now is the perfect time to service all your garden tools and tools before putting them away for the colder months. Examine the cutting deck, blades, and belts to make sure there is no visible wear and tear. Before storing, empty all gasoline in the equipment tanks to avoid hard starting for the next season and ensure that all battery products are fully charged prior to storage.
Maintenance of grass trimmers and hedge trimmers
When the final winter cut is complete, be sure to remove any smaller clippings of grass that may have got caught between the blades. Empty the gas tank and a top tip is to remove the trimmer line and soak it in fresh water during the winter season so that it retains its flexibility, can withstand more stress, and last longer.
For best results and longer product life, treat your garden tools and tools to the Deluxe Treatment and hand them in at your local Husqvarna service center for a day before putting them away for the winter.
Cut it right
Autumn is drawing to a close, it’s time to let your grass grow a little longer for the winter. Raise the height of your lawnmower’s cutting deck to 2 to 2 ½ inches. This will help your weed weather the colder months by leaving enough blade for improved photosynthesis. Two inches is the golden number, it is short enough to prevent mold and moss from growing but long enough to protect the roots from frost damage.
If you notice more than a handful of leaves turning brown on your lawn, it is time to take out your Husqvarna leaf blower. Leaving the leaves on your grass through the winter can cause problems such as fungal growth, staining, and browning or yellowing of the grass. Sprinkle your lawn in submission, remove all leaves and surface debris – then toss whatever you removed into the compost bin.
If you notice water piling up on your lawn or the grass looks like it has been used up, ventilation is an ideal way of tipping over the winter. Instead of removing compacted grass, create a series of small but deep holes over the lawn. This allows water to reach the roots and drain off while increasing airflow, reducing the risk of disease and grass death.
Pruning and trimming
Pruning plants and trimming trees and hedges in winter minimizes the risk of infection or the spread of disease in fresh cuttings. Another advantage is that most plants are at rest at this point in time, ie the energy stores migrate from the leaves and branches into their root systems. This results in less shock – especially with more severe pruning. Plants and trees to be pruned in winter include apple and pear trees, deciduous shrubs, roses, fruit shrubs, summer clematis, and wisteria.
Clean the patio / furniture
Before everything is stored for another season, this is the perfect time to clean your patio, garden furniture, patios and concrete surfaces with your Husqvarna pressure washer. A thorough clean now saves the hassle when the brighter days return in spring.
Clean your greenhouse
Greenhouses and poly grow tunnels are used almost 365 days a year. This makes it difficult to keep them in pristine condition, especially when it comes to glass or poly films. Everything from pollution to water residue can prevent maximum sunlight from reaching your delicate plants and seedlings. Winter is the ideal time to cleanse it thoroughly and be ready for another year of sheltered growth. The easiest way to clean the glass and frame of your greenhouse is with a pressure washer and a few attachments.
Store garden tools properly
Ideally, you want to protect them from as much moisture, wetness and too cold weather as possible. If you don’t have a garage, a shed will work too. If moisture is a common occurrence, investing in a dehumidifier can go a long way in preserving your tools. If you don’t have an indoor area to store your tools, you should definitely invest in some covers for that. A simple construction against a protected wall offers sufficient protection against rain, wind and UV radiation. If you need to store your lawnmower outdoors, you can place it on top of house tiles so it doesn’t sit in puddles.
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