It’s time to put away your snow blower and shovel and dig out the lawn mower! Now is a great time for some lawn mower maintenance. Follow these 6 steps and you will be ready to mow!
Change the oil. This is one of the most important steps. Also check the oil periodically during the season to make sure it’s at the correct level.
Check the air filter. The air filter typically doesn’t need to be replaced every year. If it is slightly dirty you can clean it, but if it is very dirty or damaged, it is a good idea to replace it.
Check the spark plug. If you are having trouble starting your mower, this can be a common cause. If the plug is very dirty or dark on the end, then it may be time to replace it.
Sharpen your blade. You can sharpen the blade on your own with a metal file or a bench grinder, or you can have a pro do it. Either way a sharp blade is vital to having clean cut grass. This practice should be done a couple times during the season. It may be a good idea to buy a spare blade to use while your other one is being sharpened.
Setting the mower height. For the best results, set the height at 3 inches during the cooler times of the year, and 3.5 inches during the summer months. A higher mowing height can aid you in keeping the weeds and crabgrass out of your lawn. This will also result in thicker grass, and a lawn that will not dry out as quickly.
The last step is to have fresh gas. Old gas is the number one cause of having trouble starting your mower. If there is old gas in the mower, drain it and replace with fresh gas.
Here is a more detailed look at mower maintenance: