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Well-wrapped up in winter

Preparing garden tools for the cold season of the year
Last pit stop before winter storage

Lawnmowers can be stored dust-free, safe and dry in a storage pouch outside the mowing season. The docking station and accessories can be stored in extra-large pouches.

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What can stay outside? What should go into a garage or tool shed? In win-ter, frost and humidity can damage or even destroy garden tools, hoses and pumps. However, hobby gardeners can pack them up in good time and store them in a dry place, protected against frost.

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Last pit stop before winter storage

Before tools and devices are packaged and stored, they must be thoroughly cleaned. Once hobby gardeners have cleaned their tools with water, it is essential that they rub them dry. Otherwise they may be covered in a film of rust during the winter.

When working on motor-driven garden tools, it is essential that you first pull out the plug, remove any batteries and, in the case of petrol-driven motors, also remove the plug connectors and unscrew the spark plug. 
Here are another six important tips to ensure that winter storage runs smoothly:

•Empty out tanks on any petrol-driven tools and leave motor running until it stops
•Clean air filters and spark plugs and reinsert them
•Cover lawnmower and store in a place protected against frost
•Charge Lithium-Ion batteries prior to the winter break
•Remove batteries from the charger
•Store battery-powered devices, Lithium-Ion batteries and chargers separately from each other in a dry, closed and frost-proof location

Not just lawnmowers, robotic lawnmowers and docking stations need a protected place in the winter. Exposed cables and connections can remain outside. But hobby gardeners can store them in a robust plastic box to keep them safe and protected against weather influences during seasons when the lawn is not mown.

Irrigation systems in hibernation

Rain water tanks and watering cans should be completely emptied prior to the first frost. Otherwise, they may burst. Hobby gardeners should also run pumps, hoses, sprayers and sprinklers completely empty, and then store them in a dry place, protected against frost. Outside taps and water pipes exposed to frost should be shut off over the main tap and bled off. In this way, frozen water cannot damage or destroy them. The watering accessories such as the latest generation sprayers and sprinklers by Gardena are frost-proof.

If an automated irrigation system is used, garden owners should ideally drain all the water from the system. In order to avoid unpleasant surprises, they should also remove all valves and store then protected against frost. The 
Gardena Drain Valve prevents frost damage to underground pipelines through automatic drainage when the system is shut down. The valve opens at a water pressure of below approx. 0.2 bar in the system.

Those who are uncertain when to switch off the irrigation system can simply use the smart Water Control: thanks to an integrated temperature sensor, this will automatically send a warning to the Gardena smart App before the temperatures get too cold. Then it is time to store the device in a place protected against frost.
About Gardena
For over 50 years GARDENA has provided everything passionate gardeners need. The broad assortment of products offers innovative solutions and systems for watering, lawn care, tree and shrub care and soil cultivation. Today, GARDENA is a leading European supplier of high-quality gardening tools and distributed in more than 80 countries worldwide. GARDENA is a brand of Husqvarna Group. Further information on gardena.com.

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Heribert Wettels

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