Benefits of Winter Mower Maintenance
This time of the year you are probably not thinking of your lawn mower, but winter mower maintenance can save you both aggravation and money. Mowing is the single most time consuming and hands on part of lawn care. Every year there are a few things you should do to improve your mowing experience.
Beat the rush now, if you wait until March or April you could find yourself with a two or three week wait at your local lawn repair shop just to get a tune up. Some shops will offer a discount if you bring your mower in for service during the off season. This benefits them as they are able to keep their service personnel busy, and it benefits you with a machine that is ready to go at the first sign of green growth.
Do It Yourself Lawn Mower Maintenance
If you are a DIY kind of a person, now is a great time to take advantage of some of the intermittent nice days we get in January and February to go out to the garage and service your machine. When you do go out remember to address these issues.
First, sharpen your blade. The most overlooked step in lawn care is blade sharpening. A dull blade will tear as opposed to cut the grass blade, and be an entry point for disease and will deliver an unsightly finished look to your lawn. Sharpen your blade now, and again after the spring rush for best results.
Second, clean or change your air filter. As we mow lots of particulate matter gets thrown into the air. Your air filter will prevent that from entering into your engine and causing premature wear.
Change your plug. Your mower plug will probably last for years, but for two or three dollars you will be better off changing it now and avoid the frustration of waiting until it fails and then dealing with it at an inopportune time.
Change your oil. Some of the dirt from the combustion process will be missed by your air filter and make it in to your engine. This dirt will be tied up in the engine oil. Change this dirty oil for fresh clean oil at least once a season to keep your mower strong for years.
An ounce of maintenance prevention now will avoid a pound of aggravation later.