Lawnmowers have a number of small parts inside that are easily damaged by rain or snow. Whether you're putting the lawnmower in storage for a long winter or you're storing it for a few days, you need to store it properly. Lawnmower storage ideas offer ways to store the lawnmower and have it ready to go the next time you need it, whether in a few days or a few months.
Prepping for Storage
If you're storing the lawnmower for the winter months, you need to winterise the machine. Turn the mower upside-down, and place it on concrete blocks. Open the gas tank, and let the gas drain out overnight. While the lawnmower is upside-down, examine the bottom and remove any debris trapped on the blades or undercarriage, including grass and small tree limbs. Scrape any debris from the outside of the machine as well. Clean the air filter in the mower, or replace the air filter completely. Replacing the air filter is a must if the machine runs sluggishly or if you haven't replaced it in the past. Changing the oil, sharpening the blade and replacing the spark plugs are also helpful.
Storing the lawnmower outside is a necessity for homeowners without storage space inside a garage or tool shed. Set the mower on a flat and hard surface, such as concrete blocks arranged on the ground. Avoid setting the lawnmower on the lawn as the grass can become trapped inside the blades. Drape a plastic or vinyl tarp over the top of the mower, and push the edges of the tarp under the mower. Hold the tarp in place with bungee cords to keep the tarp from falling off.
If you have the space available, store the mower inside your garage. Inside storage is especially helpful for long-term storage, such as storing during the winter months. The garage keeps the mower safe from rain and snow. Use a tarp loosely draped over the top just to keep any dust or debris from touching it.
For frequent use of the mower, store it outside in a specialised tool shed. Using a shed keeps the mower protected but also keeps it on hand for regular mowing. Install shelves on one side of the shed, and store lawn and garden products on the shelves. Hang lawn and garden tools from pegboards added to the shed.