Time to Tune-Up Your Lawn Mower!

The season of sodding and reseeding is almost upon us. Mowers work overtime in early fall, when grass sprouts like it’s spring again. But all that extra work could lead to faulty equipment if you’re not careful. Maintain your mower this fall with these 5 tips from Ace of Gray.

5 Tips for Keeping Your Mower in Top Shape

  1. fall mower careLearn your lawn mower. A good manual is a terrible thing to waste. Manufacturers want your mower to be a well-oiled machine (otherwise they get stuck with the bill). Before implementing a mower care strategy, make sure you’re hitting the manufacturer-approved maintenance checkpoints.
  2. Deep clean. Leaving grass clippings on the lawn mower doesn’t just look messy, it makes your mower less effective over time. After each mow, wipe down your mower and blades with a soft cloth. Clean it thoroughly once a season, and it may last you 10-15 years.
  3. Drain the gas. Storing your mower for winter? If your lawn mower won’t start in the spring, old gas is the likely culprit. Save yourself a major headache by draining old gas before storing your mower for the season.
  4. Sharpen the blades. Dull mower blades tear grass instead of cutting it, which, needless to say, isn’t healthy for your lawn. Clean the undercarriage of grass and dirt, test the mower blades, and sharpen them every few weeks.
  5. Visit the pros. A seasonal tune up is vital to extending the life of your lawn mower. Make an appointment at Ace of Gray this fall. We’ll perform a diagnostics test, replace the air filter and spark plug, and drain old gas from the mower. Come spring, all you’ll need to do is gas her up and watch her go.

Visit Ace of Gray for outdoor equipment maintenance and rentals.

Mower Image from Flickr