WICHE: Don’t let cold weather catch your equipment off guard

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By Jeneen Wiche

Proper winter storage for equipment is just as important as proper winter storage for plants. If you dig your dahlias, you better bring your hoses in from the cold, too. 

I have learned some of these things the hard way.

Last year we started to drain a 1,000-gallon water well late in the afternoon, not very smart in retrospect. Most of the hoses we used froze and snapped in half by 10 p.m., as the temperatures dipped below freezing. The shut-off valve to the well clogged with slush; we were wet and cold and frustrated.

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