Spring is the ideal time to change the oil and filter in your lawn mower, and add a fresh supply of gasoline to all your equipment.

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This spring has been different from most I remember. There has been heavy spring snowfall in the East and flooding in the West. But this month has felt like summer at times in the Northwest.

Clean and oil shears and all garden tools. Each time a garden tool is used it should be cleaned, dried and wiped with oil before storage. (Thinkstock)
Clean and oil shears and all garden tools. Each time a garden tool is used it should be cleaned, dried and wiped with oil before storage. (Thinkstock)

Whether rain or shine, it’s time to change the oil and filter in your lawn mower, tiller, power washer and any other gas-powered equipment in the garage or shed. Remove the leftover gasoline in your handheld, gas-powered lawn trimmer, blower, vacuum, etc., and add a fresh supply of gasoline to all your equipment.

Change air filters for your riding mower’s engine and replace older or worn belts. Change last year’s spark plugs, sharpen and balance cutting blades and charge batteries for self-starting and battery-powered equipment.

Check stored garden hoses for cracks or leaks and repair or replace as needed. The hose can rot when improperly stored or can suffer freeze damage if the hose was not fully drained and then stored in an unheated area.

Clean and oil shears and all garden tools. Each time a garden tool is used it should be cleaned, dried and wiped with oil before storage. The oil helps to control rust and wear. A lightweight oil such as 3-in-One or even vegetable oil will help to preserve the tool

C. Dwight Barnett is a certified master inspector with the American Society of Home Inspectors. Write to him at d.barnett@insightbb.com.