Let's talk a little bit about lawn mower maintenance. Let me be the first to tell you that I know much more about my grass, weeds, and the soil they grow in than I do about mower maintenance. The trouble is that without the mowers, we would have a heck of a time maintaining the lawn itself! Just as the lawn needs to be constantly maintained so that it looks good, so does your mower, so it will run well.
Spring lawn mower maintenance to me, is the first step to getting me excited about the upcoming season. You can usually start a few weeks before you actually start mowing in the spring, while the weather is warming up and you are getting the itch to get outside from a long winter.
If you do not know how to do any of these steps or do not feel comfortable doing them yourself take your mower to your local dealer or mower repair center for a check up. They usually run a spring and sometimes a fall special for this type of service.
The following is a list of some basic things to do and look for when maintaining your mower. As time permits I hope to be adding some brief "how to's" for some of the steps. You will have to check back later or contact us if you need something explained right away.
Spring tune up.
Some of the following items you may have completed last fall when you put your mower away. I will list them here also so that you can check to make sure you completed them.
Before each use
After each use
Periodically throughout the season
Following these tips should make your lawn mower maintenance easy and keep your mower running smoothly. If you notice any thing odd about the way your mower is running while you are using it, do yourself a favor and have it checked out by a professional right away. Like they say, a small problem may become a big problem if you keep ignoring it.
Until next time - Have a Happy Lawn!!!
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