Once again, WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WEED MAN! Again, I’m Brian, and I will be your guide. This is the first of a series of posts we will be updating throughout next weeks/months to better educate you on lawn care. If you are curious as to what I am writing about – get up to date with last week’s blog adventure:
We really want to help you have an amazing lawn! You can always take a look at our website for tips and advise, however we would like to get a little more in depth through this blog on lawn subjects. This week we will begin our education on those magical machines known as lawn mowers!
I looked at my lawn this week and as my lawn is waking up from the rain, sunshine, and warmer temps – I realize it is time to mow my lawn. It looks much like my first attempt at growing a beard! Patchy and full in some areas – but never uniform. It’s time for my lawn’s shave, or haircut if you will.
Scheduling some time for myself this week to look at my mower and make sure it is ready this weekend is the first step to getting ready for the mowing season. (For parents of young children, it is also time to do maintenance on Bubble Mowers)
Mowers, like all machines, need a scheduled maintenance to get the best performance. Every mower is a little different and I recommend consulting your mower’s operational manual to determine what maintenance schedule is needed for you. Regardless – remember to be safe when dealing with engines!
Despite the specifics that vary from brand to brand, model to model – there are 5 universal tasks you should be aware of when doing mower maintenance every year:
- Change the oil – Engines that utilize oil need a regular changing of the oil, filters. The longevity of your mower is dependent upon this maintenance. I learned the hard and costly way that you cannot ignore this.
- Sharpen your mower blade – This actually may need to be down several times a year. If your mower blade is dull, the engine has to work harder to cut the grass. In fact, it really isn’t cutting the grass at all when it is dull. It’s ripping the grass. Imagine if someone cut your beard that way- by ripping it. That sounds too biblical for a lawn analogy. Just sharpen your blade! Here is a great YouTube video on how to sharpen your mower blade. (This is not an endorsement of the video producer. We cannot verify the safety of prescribed actions. Please use common sense, do your research, and when in doubt hire a professional to help you with sharpening your mower blade. SAFETY FIRST!)
- Tighten everything up. Check all the bolts, shield, and belts to make certain they are tight and where they should be in relation to factory specifications.
- Clean your mower. You definitely want to clean your mower for a few reasons. The filters and screens will help your mower perform at peak performance. Cleaning out the stuck grass in the blade area is a great practice to do as well. AGAIN PLEASE use common sense with safety in mind when dealing with your mower. Lastly a clean mower means gas leaks have been washed up. Gas in your grass is never a good thing if you want a green uniform lawn. Don’t forget to fill up your mower with new gas as well. If your mower has sat longer than a month, old gas will clog up the carburetor.
- Spark plugs – Clean and check your spark plugs so your mower starts and runs well. Replace if needed.
I hope this helps you get ready for this year and again, when in doubt use a professional. Check out your local small engine repair shops for further assistance.
For further information or lawn tips regarding mowing take a look at our earlier blog post.