Caring for your lawn shouldn't be intimidating. Use these helpful tips to get your lawn mower ready for the spring season.
Mower and Mowing Tips
After a long winter season, you’re probably anxious to live life outside. Get your lawn mower ready for the warmer seasons ahead with these helpful tips.
Before performing any maintenance on your mower, check your owner's manual and remove the spark plug. In fact, this is a great time to go ahead and replace it. A new, healthy spark plug will help you avoid a repair headache mid-season.
Inspect The Blade:
Inspect your blade to make sure it isn't dull or crooked. You can take the blade off with a wrench and use a file to sharpen the edge.
Once you've finished sharpening the mower blade, test the balance by supporting the blade from its center; you can do this using a round screwdriver. If one side drops, then it is out of balance. A sharp, balanced blade will improve the overall life of your mower and quality of your lawn. You can also take your blade to a local repair shop for sharpening.
Clean The Mower:
Before starting up your mower for the first time this spring, it's a good idea to clean out any debris or dirt using a hand rag or broom. This is also an important step to take after each and every time you mow to avoid any build up. Leaving debris in the mower can disrupt airflow and lead to corrosion of your mower.
Check/Change The Oil:
Make a habit of checking the oil before you start your lawn mower. Checking the engine when it is cold will give you the most accurate reading.
Do you know when you should change the oil in your mower? According to Briggs&Stratton, a good rule of thumb is to change the oil every season or about every 25 hours of operation. It's also important to be mindful of the weather conditions. Heavy dust, wet grass, hot climates and rough or rocky terrain may require the oil to be changed more frequently.
Don't throw your lawn clippings away. They are full of nutrients and can actually help your lawn's health. If you mow and see excessive clippings on your yard, you may need to increase the number of times you are mowing.
Now that you have a clean, sharp mower and you've removed its bag, you're ready to go! Remember to mow your grass to the proper height. If you have Kentucky Bluegrass, fine fescue or ryegrass, we recommend a blade height of 2-3 inches. For Common Bermudagrass, 1-2 inches is recommended.
Cutting your grass too low is called scalping and can actually injure and shock your grass, which can limit growth and health.