Lawn Mower Tips & Tricks
One of the most important things to do is to keep your lawn mower in top top working condition. This will allow you to maintain a beautiful, healthy lawn, and of course this is also crucial to ensure your lawn mower will last as long as possible which is approximately 10-15 years.
You can either tune-up your lawn mower yourself or take your lawn mower into a service expert and have it maintained professionally. Either way you choose, lawn mower maintenance is something that should be done at least once a year and usually will only take a couple hours to complete. Using the guide below will teach you how to properly maintain your lawn mower and extend its life.
When to Perform Lawn Mower Maintenance?
Always be sure to clear the yard area of objects like litter, sticks, stones, and toys and never mow in the dark. Lawn mower maintenance can be carried out at any time of the year depending on your season, but two of the best times for it are at the very beginning of the season before it’s time for the first mow of the season, or at the end of the season when you’re putting your mower away until next year.
The end of the mowing season is an ideal time to perform annual lawn mower maintenance because it will be ready to go at the start of the next season and because there are certain things you need to do to take care of it while it goes unused for months at a time. By performing these maintenance procedures and winterizing your lawn mower in the fall, you’ll be able to get mowing right away when spring arrives and be less likely to cause damage to your mower’s engine.
The Yearly Lawn Mower Maintenance Checklist
Be sure to use this checklist to make sure you’re doing everything needed to keep your lawn mower running at top spec performance:
- Complete oil changes yearly
- Remove all fuel from the mower if discontinuing mower use for more than 30 days or add a fuel stabilizer to the fuel system
- Check and Replace the spark plug
- Check and Replace/Clean the air filter
- Keep your mower blades sharp
- Keep the bottom of the mower clean
Top Tips for Lawn Mower Maintenance
Many lawn mower owners choose to take their mowers to a professional for lawn mower service at the beginning or end of the mowing season, however plenty of people perform their own lawn mower maintenance. Showing love for a lawn mower can be a messy and extremely time-consuming process, but it is essential so that you are not often buying new lawn mowers.
- Read and Get familiar with the Owner’s Manual. Always read and consult the owners manual, the absolute last thing you want to do is cause damage to your lawn mower. By reading and understanding the manual you are making sure you understand how to care for it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Disconnect or Remove the Spark Plug. You will want to replace the spark plug annually to make sure your mower starts up easily, however taking it out at the beginning of maintenance is also a very good idea for safety – as it will prevent the mower from being started accidentally.
- Be Sure to Drain the Gas out at the end of the season. If you live in a place where you only need your lawn mower seasonally than you must be sure to drain the gas out at the end of the season. This can be completed two ways: either run the mower’s engine until the remaining gas is all used up or drain it out.
- Clean the Lawn Mower. So many people don’t ever clean their lawn mower. To aid in performance, be sure to clear out all the grass and any other debris that’s become caked on the undercarriage during the mowing season.
- Replace or Top Up Oil. Read the owner’s manual to learn how to change lawn mower oil correctly and the proper type of oil for your lawn mower.
- Clean or Replace the Air Filter. Many people are unaware their lawn mower even has an air filter. A clean air filter always helps your lawn mower work efficiently. Always be sure to consult the owner’s manual for specific directions on installing a replacement air filter.
- Sharpen and Balance the Blades. Even if your lawn is relatively clear from branches, rocks, and foreign objects, the blades will wear down over time. You can sharpen the blades yourself, but this is one step that is generally better left to the lawn mower service professionals unless you’ve mastered the technique.