Einhell expert: Why an autumn clean is just as important as a spring clean
It makes sense to get the garden and outdoor areas back into shape again before winter returns. “Autumn cleaning is at least just as important as the more widely praised spring cleaning,” says Michael Gröstenberger, Category Manager Garden at Einhell Germany AG. The garden expert recommends: “You are well advised to get your home ready for the cold season once summer has passed.” And if you choose a dry day you can even enjoy some warming autumn sunshine while you do the work. A checklist tells you all the things you need to do so that your garden bursts into color again when spring returns.
Einhell: Freedom of cordless operation for your autumn clean
Hedges and shrubs: Autumn is the right time for getting hedges and shrubs into shape. Gröstenberger: “To comply with nature conservation rules you must not completely remove or radically prune hedges and shrubs before October 1st.” Whatever the task, Einhell has the cordless hedge trimmer to match. For high hedges the ideal choice is a cordless telescopic hedge trimmer, while for thick branches your best bet is a cordless tree pruning saw.
Leaves and weeds: “Particularly in the autumn and winter, lawns need light and air so as not to turn yellow and die. Be sure therefore to keep your lawns free of all leaves throughout the winter,” says Gröstenberger. The same applies to leaves on paths and driveways. On the one hand a layer of leaves provides welcome conditions for weeds to flourish, on the other hand a leaf-covered path soon becomes dangerously slippery when it rains or snows. To remove fallen leaves or small branches before any trouble starts, it pays to use a leaf blower and leaf vac from Einhell. The VENTURRO 18/210 cordless leaf vac from Einhell has a suction power of 500 m³ per hour. An integral shredder function reduces even large quantities of leaves to one-tenth of their original volume before depositing in a catch bag.
Paving scraper and sweeper for keeping outdoor areas clean
Cleaning and vacuuming: In the case of paved areas the first step is to use a cordless paving scraper to remove dirt and weeds from the gaps. Next thing is to use a cordless sweeper or a cordless surface brush to clean the complete surface. You can do this with a brush and broom, of course, but at great cost of time and effort. Cordless assistants are available, however, as user-friendly alternatives.
Before the damp season gets underway you should also give your garage, garden shed and similar areas a thorough cleaning to remove dirt and any escaped liquid. Einhell has developed a series of wet & dry vacs precisely for this purpose. For example, the TE-VC 36/30 Li S Power X-Change cordless wet & dry vac treats the user to cordless freedom as well as total independence from a power source.
Your autumn clean is also exactly the right time to clean barbecues and to get fireplaces ready to face winter conditions. “If you don’t want your efforts to end up covering the entire surroundings with coal dust and soot, you are well advised to use an ash vac,” says Gröstenberger. Once again Einhell has a cordless option for your needs. The TE-AV 18/15 Li C is yet another member of the Power X-Change family, which meanwhile numbers more than 250 cordless tools for the home and garden. What makes these tools so special? All products from the Power X-Change platform can be powered by the same rechargeable battery.
Garden tools also need cleaning and protecting before they begin their winter sleep
Talking of garden tools and rechargeable batteries: After you have used your garden tools for the last time before their winter sleep you should clean them thoroughly and place them in dry storage. “Autumn is the perfect time for getting defective tools repaired or blades sharpened. This way you will avoid waiting times and be ideally equipped to kick off the new garden season in the spring,” Gröstenberger advises, adding: “I strongly recommend all owners of petrol-powered tools to remove the fuel from the tanks. If not, there is a high risk of the carburettor jets becoming clogged and preventing the tools from starting up in the spring.“ By the way: The modern rechargeable batteries from Einhell require no special care. Gröstenberger: “All you need to do is make sure that the batteries are not fully discharged when you store them away and that the storage area is dry and protected from freezing conditions.” An ideal place for winter storage is, for example, a basement.
For Gröstenberger it all boils down to the following: “A thorough autumn clean lays the basis for a great start into the garden season in the following spring. While you can be relatively flexible as to when to kick off your spring clean, you need to be strict about completing your autumn clean before the first frost and snow arrive. In other words: Make the most of those golden autumn days in September and October …”
About Einhell Germany AG
Einhell is a leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art tools and equipment for the house and garden. From its headquarters in Landau/Isar (Bavaria), the internationally successful company has continuously expanded its innovative rechargeable battery platform Power X-Change and is now the market leader in the area of cordless tools and garden equipment. For many years Einhell has set new standards in terms of endurance, performance, and safety. Einhell customers appreciate the freedom of cordless operation for all their DIY projects, as well as the excellent value for money that Einhell products represent and the first-class customer service offered by the company.