LAWN MOWER CARE 101
Looking after your lawn mower is an easy way to maintain your lawn’s health.
Healthy Lawn Mower = Healthy Lawn
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that a well-maintained lawn mower lends itself to a healthier lawn. You may have the proper mowing technique down, but if you’re not taking care of your mower, it could be detrimental to your lawns health. Not properly maintaining your lawn mower can have negative effects on the look and health of your grass. Blunt blades, a clogged or uncleaned mowing deck, dirty filters and not using a catcher can all have a negative impact on your lawn.
Here are some handy tips and tricks for learning how to look after your lawn mower and how you can keep your grass in pristine condition:
- Sharpen or replace the blades
- Clean regularly
- Care for the catcher
1. Sharpen or Replace Your Blades
One of the most obvious and known ways to keep your grass looking good is to check your lawn mower blades. To detect if your blades need replacing make sure there are no dints, twists, cracks or bends in the blades. If not, and the blades are still thick and not worn down, a simple solution is to get sharpen them. If you don’t feel confident doing the maintenance of the blades yourself, have it checked out by a professional as they can help sharpen them or change them if needed.
Faulty or blunt blades can have negative effects on the health of your grass as they can create an uneven cut or can tear the grass instead of cutting it. This can be detrimental to your lawn as it can cause the grass to lose water and make it more susceptible to disease resulting in dead grass, or at the very least, an unpleasant appearance.
Dull blades can cause your grass to tear which can result in an unsightly appearance.
2. Clean Regularly
Cleaning your lawn mower after every use can increase its longevity and also have benefits for the look and health of your grass.
Before cleaning it is very important to remove the spark plug and remove the throttle so you don’t cause any damage to yourself or the mower (especially important if you’re using a 4-stroke mower).
When cleaning your lawn mower, make sure you clean the mower deck from all grass and dirt. You can do this with some soapy water and a brush (for the undercarriage a wire brush will work best). This can help to create an even cut but also by removing the built-up grass can stop grass diseases spreading. While you’re at it, cleaning out the air filter is a good way to keep your lawn mower in top running order. To do this, simply remove the air filter and give it a tap to remove any dust or build up. If it is particularly dirty, you are best to replace it with a new one. When the air filter is dirty, it can cause the motor to become sluggish causing an uneven cut.
3. Take Care of the Catcher
Making sure your catcher is in top working order can save you from having to manually clean up all of the grass you just mowed. If you’re mowing regularly, a catcher doesn’t have to be used every time as cut grass can actually provide nutrients your grass needs. However, if you’re like most of us and don’t have the time to mow constantly, collecting clippings is essential as leaving too many on your lawn can cause the grass to lose colour or burn.