Spring lawn care season is in full bloom, and now is the perfect time to get your lawnmower ready for use. It’s important to make sure that all parts of your mower are functioning properly before putting it to use so that any breakdowns can be avoided during the upcoming season. Follow these tips to get your lawnmower ready for this spring.
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS YOUR SPARK PLUG?
Do you know where the spark plug is on your lawnmower? Or how to make sure that all the cables and breaks are functioning properly? Annually tuning your machine will help make sure that it stays functioning from year to year. Check out these five tune-up tips:
- Check the oil- If you didn’t change the oil at the end of last season, it would be a good idea to do that now. An engine can overheat and fail prematurely with insufficient or dirty oil. Checking and changing your oil now can save you money by extending the life of your lawnmower.
- Know the steps- Know the steps of how to tune-up your lawnmower. Helpful video or picture guides, like this one, will walk you through what you need to do to help your mower run its best.
- Be sharp and sharpen your blades- One of the biggest mistakes you can make when you begin mowing your lawn again is not sharpening the mower blades.
Dull blades can do more harm than good to your lawn. A dull blade will “rip” out your grass instead of cutting it, which can subject your lawn to disease and even kill it overall. Therefore, make sure that your mower’s blades are either sharpened or replaced before using it on your lawn this spring. The Home Depot offers some great tips on how to sharpen lawnmower blades. Read more about how to do this here.
- Have the right tools- Knowing the tools that you will need for the project will save you time later on. For a complete list of tools that you will need to give your lawnmower a tune-up, click here.
- Do some research- This is said a lot, but knowing the proper techniques for mowing your lawn can save you time, money, and frustration in the long run. To learn what you could be doing wrong, read this article for more information on tips and tricks on mowing this spring.
SUBMIT FOR A FULL INSPECTION
While it may not be the most popular idea, paying a professional, or even having a home improvement center look at your lawn mower can take the work out of the process.