Thursday, January 10, 2013

Winter Lawn Mower Care

Care for Your Lawn Mower This Winter
courtesy of:
Vikki Josselyn
Josselyn Realty Group, LLC

During the colder months, it's less likely that you'll be spending your Saturday mornings mowing your overgrown grass. Rather, you're probably going to be curled up on your couch with a blanket, thanking the falling snow for killing your grass for a few months and giving you a break from lawn maintenance. But you're not off the hook quite yet. There are some things you should be doing now to get ready for lawn mowing season. And don't worry - none of them are as labor-intensive as actually mowing your lawn.
Clear the gas tank.
Fuel that is left in your mower's tank is likely to break down during the cold winter months. This can damage your engine. Remedy this by starting the mower and letting it idle until the fuel is used up, or add a fuel stabilizer to help protect the engine from getting ruined.
Change out the oil.
Remove old oil and replace it with new oil so that the engine is coated in clean oil during the months it won't be used.
Clear the air (filter).
What's true for your car is true for your lawn mower - as far as air filters go, that is. Your mower's filter collects a significant amount of dust and debris, so when it's not in use, it's a good time to clean it or, if needed, change it out.
Check your blade.
Are there any cracks, bends, or other signs of damage? Now is a great time to check and see if you need to fix or replace your lawn mower blade.
Clean the whole thing.
Yep - just go to town on the entire mower. Clean out the engine for dirt and debris and wash the underside of the mower. That's the part that probably sees the worst of what your lawn has to offer.
Put it away.
Once you've taken all these steps to get your mower into tip-top cutting form, make sure you store it in such a way that doesn't let all of your efforts be in vain. Store your mower in a dry place, covered, away from the elements. This will protect your mower from other problems, cutting down the amount of damage control you may have to conduct in the future.
Keeping thing up around the house so important!!!!
Enjoy the break before it is time to mow again!
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