We love how our lawn looks after a mow, but most of us rarely do much to keep our lawn mower in good running order.
The team at Daleys Turf have put together some prewinter care and attention must-dos for your mower now that the grass growing cycle has slowed down.
Check the oil (four stroke)
Checking your oil is an essential step to ensure you’re looking after the motor, a basic fundamental part of the lawn mower. If the oil hasn’t been changed in over a year or your mower has been used for more than 30-40 hours, it’s recommended to drain it and fill with new oil, if the oil has been changed recently make sure it is topped up to the most appropriate level.
Check the air filter
Your air filter can get really grubby and full of all sorts of dirt and debris if not changed or cleaned regularly. A dirty filter will cause your lawn mower to run sluggishly and inconsistently, which isn’t ideal for ensuring a nice even cut for your lawn.
Clean the mowing deck
While it’s not the most essential part of lawn mower maintenance, it is still quite important. Make sure your blades are unobstructed, with a clean deck that won’t lead to a build up of potential weed contamination and reduce the life of your mower through the deck breaking down needlessly.
Check the blades
This one is more of a straightforward one, you want to cut your grass not tear it! A precise sharp set of blades will be the most rewarding way to love your lawn by taking care of your lawn mower. If you are handy with tools you could then sharpen the blades if there is enough metal left on them. If not, putting on a new set of blades every now and again can be a lot easier and provide a much better result.
Protection from the elements
Keep your mower protected from the elements and in a dry area. Both rust and moisture can affect the proper functioning of your mower.
Better yet, drop it off at your local lawn mower shop and have them give it a once over. That way when the growing season begins again, all you should need to do is make sure you have fresh fuel in the tank and away you go.