Prepare Your Equipment for Cold Weather

As the temperatures begin to drop and you finish your fall home checklist, don’t neglect the tools you work with.  If you want to be able to use them come Spring, take good care of them now.

Of course, having a safe, dry place to store your tools and equipment is the first priority.  Cook portable buildings make the perfect place for your lawn and garden equipment.  

As you finish outdoor tasks like mowing or pruning, focus on cleaning and organizing that equipment as you store it away for the rest of the year.

Here’s how to prepare your tools and equipment for cold weather.

Cleaning Lawnmower Deck + Cook Portable Warehouses


Your lawnmower may be your largest piece of equipment in your shed and should be properly stored away. First stabilize the gas to keep the carburetor from clogging over winter. If you use this throughout the year, it will also help your engine run smoother.

Plus, sharpen the blades and clean the mower, especially under the mower deck to help prevent it from rusting. Also, drain the oil and dispose at your local service station.

Smaller, Two Cycled Engine Equipment

Drain the gas and the oil, but make sure you properly dispose of this at your local service station.

According to, here’s a quick checklist for items like weed trimmers and leaf blowers:

  1. Drain the fuel tank
  2. Install a new spark plug
  3. Clean and inspect the air filter
  4. Check fuel lines and replace the fuel filter
  5. Clean and lubricate moving parts

As you winterize equipment, make the effort to also winterize your shed. Clean it out and organize your tools and stored items. Here are some other tips on preparing your shed for winter.  

There are many items that need protection during the winter; your shed will help keep them safe until you’re ready to use them again!

Want to make sure your home is ready for winter? Download our 3 most popular home organization tips for fall below!