Taking Care of Your Lawnmower

Taking Care of Your Lawnmower

If you want a vibrant and healthy looking lawn then you need a good lawn mower to keep your grass looking good.  A poorly running lawnmower doesn’t just leave you with a poorly cut lawn it can actually damage the sod underneath.  Like anything else to get the job done you need the proper tools, so let’s look at how to keep your lawnmower in good working order.

Check the Oil

Just like your car the lawnmower’s engine uses oil, and you need to check and change that oil from time to time.  If you check the manual for your lawnmower they will recommend check it after roughly eight hours of use.  Fresh oil looks gold and as it gets old it will get dirty.  At least once a year it should be completely changed, again check the manual and use the oil that the manufacturer recommends. Here’s how to change the oil in your lawnmower.

Clean the Air Filter

The purpose of the air filter is to keep dust and other debris from getting into your engine.  As you can imagine there is plenty of dust and debris in a lawn, so at least once a year you’re going to have to clean the filter.  There are paper filters that will need to be replaced and you can probably find those at any home improvement store like Lowes or Home Depot.  The foam filters can just be washed out in some warm soapy water.  Make sure your foam filters are dry before putting them back.

Check the Sharpness of Your Blades

Turn your lawnmower over every once in a while and check the blades on your lawnmower.  Not only do you need to check the blade for sharpness but you need to make sure it isn’t bent, chipped or cracked.  A good cut needs a sharp blade and dull blades tears the grass rather than cutting it.  You need to get your blade sharpened every year and with regular use it needs to be changed every two or three years.  However if you have hit a rock and gotten a chip then you need to change the blade right away.

Check the Tire Pressure

If you have a sit down mower then you will want to check the tire pressure and make sure you have enough air in the tires.  You do this the exact same way that you check the tires on your car.  Low pressure can give you an uneven lawn or even tear up your lawn.