Putting the Rototiller away marks the end of a season
There's always a finality about taking the rototiller out of the garden and walking it down to the garage where it can safely stay until next spring. The days have been so lovely, the moon is almost full, the second planting of ground cover has sprouted and I have more grapes than ever before. There is a sense of completion about this end of the year activity and it's good to take time to rest and enjoy what's been accomplished and consider what still needs to be done.
One of the things that needs to be done is to change the oil in the rototiller before storing it away and to clean the tines and oil moving parts so that it's ready to go in the spring. It's so much better to do the work in the fall than have to try to start it in the spring with old oil and let it run to warm it up and then do the work while the garden soil is calling to be worked and the seeds are asking for a moist rich home. I also either drain the gas tank or add a fuel stablilzer to the gas so that it doesn't get stale and form a varnish like material that clogs the carburetor. The fuel stabilizer has saved me a lot of headaches with the power mower, weed trimmer, and rototiller. It's cheap and totally worth it.
At Briggs & Stratton Fresh Start Fuel Stabilizer Plus 4.2 Oz 5041H
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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at November 1, 2010 1:30 PM