Proper and regular maintenance of your lawn equipment
will help you produce a higher quality lawn and reduce frustration when
it comes time to cut the grass.
It's impossible to overemphasize the
first step in maintaining a quality lawn - KEEP YOUR MOWER BLADE
SHARP! Blade sharpening must rank right below dental flossing -
no one wants to do it, and neglecting it can lead to appearance
problems. See more on lawn mowing.
Keep your blade sharp for the best
a blade balancer like the one pictured below
to balance the blade while sharpening it
LawnBoss tip: Sharpen your mower blade several
times a year, especially if you scalp the dirt and dull the blade.
Rotary mower blades need to be balanced when they are sharpened, and you
can buy inexpensive blade balancers at most mower shops.
In northern climates, it's common to
store lawn equipment for several months over the winter. The single most
important thing you can do for a gasoline engine in this situation is to
"stabilize the gas."
Don't let old fuel gum-up the
LawnBoss tip: After your
last mowing of the fall season, add
stabilizer to the gas tank and run the engine for several minutes,
allowing the stabilizer to flow throughout the entire fuel system. This
will help prevent "carburetor gumming" over the winter, which creates
hard starts in springtime and leads to costly repairs. If you want to go
one step further, siphon out the excess gas and use it in your snowblower (..and don't forget to stabilize the fuel in your snowblower at
the end of winter!)
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