Prepare to Store your Yard and Garden Products Properly for Winter
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November 8, 2013
This is part one of a two-part series on preparing yard and garden equipment for
winter. This release focuses on proper storage of pesticides and products, and
part two will discuss tools.
CHARLES, Ill. – As the clocks get set back, do not fall behind on preparing
your lawn and garden products for the coming winter. A little extra time this
fall, may save you money and trouble next spring.
pesticides and other similar products need to be stored properly for effective
future use," said University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator
Richard Hentschel, who serves DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties. "In late fall,
apply any small leftover quantities of these products as the label intended,
that way you do not need to store them."
also recommends only purchasing enough of a product to be used in a single
season. "However, it is easy to buy the larger volume that's on sale, or to
accumulate two or three bottles of the same product because it was misplaced or
forgotten," he said.
those cases, he offers the following tips on winterizing fertilizers,
pesticides and other similar products so that homeowners may use them again in
sort out what items can be used up yet this fall, and what containers need to
decide where to store the additional products this winter. "Choose a heated
garage or shed, or the basement," said Hentschel. "Cool and dry is a good rule of
thumb when storing granulars, dusts and powders. Liquids need to avoid extreme
cold or hot."
products will be stored in the house, under the sink is not the best place for
them. Consider a shelf in a back room, or another inaccessible or even a locked
place. "Make safety your top priority," advised Hentschel. "Keep products in
their original containers, and store them up high or out of reach of children
evaluate the products for viability before moving them to the chosen location. Always
read the label and follow manufacturer recommendations. This may include product
life expectancy, but if stored improperly, the products may lose efficacy
faster. Helpful guidelines include:
- Check product dates, if available.
Generally speaking, liquids have a shelf-life of about two years when stored
properly. Some formulations can last longer.
- Old emulsified concentrates may look
separated or will not mix well when added to water.
- Liquids that have been through
temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit or above 100 degrees for an extended
period of time will not be effective.
- Dry products that no longer dissolve
in water are not viable.
- Dry materials, such as fertilizers or
some insecticides, may clump together or appear partially dissolved in its
container. "This means the product has already found moisture and activated.
Therefore, it is likely no longer good," said Hentschel.
consider steps to help simplify the process next year, Hentschel said.
- Use older products first. Look for a
manufacturing date, if there is one, and also get in the habit of marking a
purchase date when you buy a new product.
- Buy fertilizers and pesticides in quantities
that fit your needs.
more information on handling household yard and garden products properly, visit
properly dispose of any materials, contact municipal or local authorities for
process instructions in your area. Additionally, the Illinois EPA does
periodically host one-day collections for disposal of household hazardous waste,
and a long-term facility is located in Naperville. For more information on that
process, call 630-420-6095.
information on the University of Illinois Extension Horticulture programs in your
county, visit web.extension.illinois.edu/dkk/. University of Illinois Extension
provides educational programs and research-based information to help Illinois
residents improve their quality of life, develop skills and solve problems. University
of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.
Source: Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator, Horticulture, firstname.lastname@example.org