One of the most important tools for maintaining a healthy, green, and manicured lawn is a lawn mower. It may seem odd to call this machine a “tool,” as it is a complex item, almost a vehicle, with an engine, wheels, and a device for steering. Even though lawn mowers are vehicle-like machines, people tend to treat them like they are just shovels or rakes and store them with little regard for how complicated they are.
The best way to care for your lawn mower is to realize that it needs maintenance and supervision. If you are dedicated to protecting the investment you made in this machine then read on for our best tips for maintaining it so that it can run effectively for many years:
- First of all, you should keep your owner’s manual handy. Keep it somewhere you could easily find it, like the glove compartment of your car. This can help you troubleshoot problems as well as provide information about any special-care concerns, such as how often maintenance should be performed.
- Take these maintenance-period recommendations very seriously. Maintenance can be inexpensive in the long run, as a well-maintained mower should have few problems and will last almost twice as long as one that is not checked, saving you money and eliminating the wastefulness of disposing of a broken lawn mower.
- Have a lawn mower’s oil changed regularly; at least twice a year, depending on how often you use it and the duration of its use. Fuel filter changes will also be necessary on occasion; regular maintenance will supervise the need for this on your behalf
- Store your lawn mower with care; treat it the way you would treat your car. Be sure it is kept cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and do not store anything on top of it. Also, be sure it is clean when you put it away. A simple, easy way to do this is run your lawn mower for 1 minute on a solid surface, like your driveway. This will allow grass, leaves, dirt, and other gunk to blow out away from the underside of the machine. After it is cool, wipe the top of it with a non-disposable cloth.
- Clean the lawnmower’s fan at least once a month. A clean fan keeps the engine cool and prolongs the life of your mower.
- Many experts claim that you should sharpen your lawn mower’s blades. Because this can be dangerous, even when the machine is off, you might want to let a professional handle this during a regular inspection. To prevent dulling, though, avoid running over rocks and make sure all hoses, toys, and other foreign objects are safely put away.
- Be sure to monitor the age of your mower’s gasoline. Old gas can damage the carburetor and clog the engine. Gasoline tends to have a shelf life of 1 month. To avoid wastefulness, purchase small amounts of gasoline at a time; the extra time you spend buying refills will save you money.
Caring for your lawn mower is the best way to care for your lawn. Regular mowing encourages grass to grow newer, greener blades and strengthens its roots without the use of harsh and artificial chemicals. It also keeps your yard looking healthy, fresh, and neat. Its importance, though, encourages it to age quickly, as it is used for hours at a time on a weekly basis. With the previous care considerations, though, you can ensure that the care you put into your yard is also put into the tools that enable you to keep your yard healthy.
Following the above instructions carefully in order to save money and environmental resources. After all, few things are more wasteful than replacing machines that could have been useful for a much longer time.
Author Bio: John Cloutier is a motivated individual who has been working in marketing and advertising for over 16 years. He is known for his strategic direction, creative thinking, and discipline to tactical education. John has played an important role in industry-leading marketing campaigns. Previously a Communications Manager and Product Manager at eXmark, John is currently the Sr. Marketing Manager of eXmark Manufacturing Company.