When the pandemic began, we were spending more time at home. As we remained in place and travel restrictions continued to rise, we were spending more time at home in our backyard.


A trend began called "backyarding." Because of the pandemic, more people were staying in their back yard to play, relax, eat and work. It became a place to connect with family and to maintain a positive mental health environment.

I realize that spring isn't officially here until March 20th but it's not too early to start thinking about getting your back yard organized and ready to go. So what should you do to get your lawn equipment ready for spring and back yard work?

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Kris Kriser, President, and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) have some suggestions.

Tips to get your lawn equipment ready for spring

Refresh your knowledge. Read the owner's manual and follow their guidelines. It's not a bad idea to keep a digital copy for the future.

Look over your equipment. A lot can happen while your lawn equipment was in storage or the garage. One year, I got my lawn tractor out and filled it with gas. It all came running out because a mouse and chewed away a rubber hose.

I'm glad I did that outside and not in the storage shed. It's not a bad idea to look for damaged or missing parts. That way you're ready when the warmer weather arrives.

Store fuel safely. Label your fuel cans with the date that you bought them and the contents inside of it. The last thing that you want is to get your diesel and "regular" gas mixed up.

I came very very close to doing that last year because I assumed that I knew which gas can was which. That would have been a costly expense and I would have lost valuable time on getting the yard ready.

Your family and pocketbook will appreciate you taking the time to get it right...the first time. Get ready for some backyarding in high style this spring and summer. Go here for other tips from Kris Kriser and OPEI.

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