Table of Contents
- 1. Are You Properly Caring for Your Lawn Mower?
- 2. How to Ruin Your Lawn Mower in the Winter
- 3. 5 Things a Lawn Mower Should Not Run Over
- 4. Using the Lawn Mower
1. Are You Properly Caring for Your Lawn Mower?
How much thought do you put into your lawnmower? If you are like most people, you get it out of the garage, fill it with gas, cut the grass, and put it back. I hate to break it to you, but lawnmowers are delicate pieces of equipment—they need more care than that. Here are some important Mower Maintenance Musts:
Rinse the Blade
Some lawn mowers have a hose attachment right on them so you can hook a hose up and rinse off the blades. The blades need to be rinsed every time you use the lawn mower—or every other time if you don’t have enough time (or are just too lazy). If you cut the grass while it is a little bit damp, you should be especially vigilant about rinsing the blades because the wet grass will build up and cover the blades. Wet grass will also promote rust.
Important: After rinsing the blade, flip the mower over and let it sun dry or dry the blades by hand. If you put the mower back in the garage or shed with a wet underside, the blades will rust.
Lawnmowers have engines just like cars—albeit lawn mower engines are much smaller. They still need care though. Monitor the state of your lawn mower’s air filter and change it out when necessary. Also, pay attention to the oil—you must keep the oil full and change it out periodically—refer to your owner’s manual to find out when. Speaking of owner’s manuals, don’t just throw them away. As annoying as reading instructions can be, make sure to follow the care instructions for your lawnmower. Also keep the blade sharp and change the spark plug out periodically.
Turn To the Professionals
This piece of advice might challenge your pride, so proceed with caution. Sometimes we have to admit we don’t know everything there is to know about our tools and machines. It’s OK to take a lawn mower to a professional small engine shop if you are having a problem with the machine. It’s even OK to take it in just for a tune-up. Admitting you don’t know everything will keep you from having to tell your wife that you need to purchase a new lawnmower. Which would you rather have to face?
2. How to Ruin Your Lawn Mower in the Winter
Who cares about the lawn mower in the winter, right? You don’t have to mow the lawn. The lawnmower rules the summertime, but while there is snow on the ground, it’s the snow blower that reigns supreme. Here are some foolproof lawn care and maintenance tips to let your lawn mower go:
Way to Ruin Your Mower
The easiest and fastest way to ruin your lawn mower in the winter is by leaving it out in the open. Let the snowfall and the ice freeze. Let the cold wind blow through the handle and over the body of the mower. Let the moisture rust the metal body and the blades. Let the ice creep into the engine through the ventilation holes and wreak havoc you won’t have to deal with until springtime.
No Pre-Winter Care
More ways to ruin your lawn mower include not performing any pre-winter maintenance. Don’t drain the gasoline from your lawn mower. Don’t add a fuel stabilizer either. If you let gasoline sit for more than about three months (in any sort of container, not just an engine), the ethanol will break down letting water into the gasoline. When there is too much water, the gas won’t be able to combust. If you want your lawn mower to have problems in the springtime, don’t drain the gas or add a fuel stabilizer of any kind.
Every lawn mower needs periodic tune-ups dealing with spark plugs, fuel, oil, filters, and grease. If you want to ruin your lawn mower, don’t perform the tune-up right before storing the machine for winter.
Don’t Ruin Your Machine
3. 5 Things a Lawn Mower Should Not Run Over
Lawn mowers were made to cut lawns. Big surprise there, right? Then why do people insist their mowers can run over anything like a robot of destruction from some action-superhero-transformers movie? Of course, the “lawn” includes both grass and weeds, but here are some things that should be picked up before you mow the lawn: Here goes some other Lawn Care and maintenance tips. If you own a self-propelled lawn mower or riding mower, you have a chance of doing it.
Mowing wet grass is not wise for a few reasons. First of all, wet grass does not cut, it tears. Wet grass also sticks to itself more, so when the mower runs over it, the grass will lay flat instead of standing up to be cut. Once the lawn dries and the grass stands up again, there will be sections of uncut grass. Secondly, cutting wet grass dulls the lawn mower blades. Since wet grass sticks to itself and sticks to the blades, you will get a thick buildup of grass on your blades.
Pine Cones, Twigs, Branches
I am usually guilty of this one. Sometimes I get too lazy to reach down and move little twigs or pine cones, so I mow right over them. Unfortunately, that can cause damage to the lawn mower blades. I find that it is usually helpful to do a once-over of the lawn before I start to mow; I just gather up all the pine cones and twigs and whatever else I find and get it out of the way of the mower. If mowers could talk, I’m sure mine would thank me.
My kids leave their toys all over the lawn. I always make them clean up the toys before I mow, but they almost always miss a few. When I do a once-over of the lawn looking for pine cones, twigs, and branches, I also pick up toys and get them out of the way. My kids can talk, but they don’t thank me…
Rocks are bad news for lawn mowers. They can chip blades or the blades can launch them at your shins or even your head (or your wife’s favorite kitchen window). Be sure to clear any rocks—even the small ones—before you start the lawn mower.
Pretty sure this one goes without saying. Make sure your pets and children are kept at a safe distance from your lawn mower and always be alert while mowing the lawn.
4. Using the Lawn Mower
Hopefully, you aren’t already feeling overwhelmed at the amount of effort and care you should be putting into your lawn mower maintenance, because there’s one more thing worth mentioning. When you are actually using the machine, you have to be careful what you run over. Keep the lawn mower blade’s diet strict—only grass and the weeds that grow in the grass. Dead leaves are OK to run over, especially if you have a bag on the mower (Tip: mowing is a great alternative to raking!). Easy isn’t it? Hope you liked our Lawn Care and maintenance tips, please feel free to like, share or comment!