Your lawn is only as healthy as your lawn mower. The mower is a crucial piece of equipment for maintaining a good looking yard, yet many people only think about it when they’re pulling it out for use. Taking a little extra care to avoid common mower mistakes can lengthen the life of your lawnmower and help you get better cutting results.
It’s easy to forget your lawn needs to be mowed, but taking half an hour to give it a quick trim every week or so is better for both the lawn and mower. It’s a mistake to wait two or three weeks for a cut unless that’s how long it takes your lawn to grow to one inch in height. Stick to a regular schedule, regardless of the time interval, so the mower doesn’t have to struggle to cut high and thick grass. It also reduces the shock of losing more than a third of the grass blade’s height.
Forgetting About Maintenance
Lawnmowers, especially gas powered ones, need nearly the same kind of maintenance as your car or truck. Don’t forget about checking for:
- A clogged deck after each cut and before each new use of the mower, since tangled roots, vines, and dry grass can damage parts.
- Tire pressure, since the mower works harder and is more likely to damage your lawn with soft tires.
- Oil levels so that the engine stays lubricated and cool during use.
- Air filter debris and dust.
- Dull blades, which tear grass and damage it.
Cutting Wet Grass
To maintain strong and sharp blades and minimize wear on the engine, schedule your mowing for the driest part of each week. Cutting dry grass gives you the sharpest and cleanest cut for healthy growth and a strong rebound. Cutting wet grass also increases the chances of clumping, which increases your cleaning time to clean the deck after you use the mower.
Running At Low Speeds
Most mowers offer multiple speed settings to help you get a closer cut around edges and flower beds by giving you finer control. This has led some mower users to think that it’s bad for a mower to run at full speed. However, the engine’s performance is optimized for its primary speed setting. You’ll get the most even cut and best fuel efficiency by sticking to full speed as much as possible.
Make sure you drain the gas, remove the battery and clean the deck and blade before putting your lawn mower up for the winter. Improper storage may cause issues when you go to mow for the first time in spring.
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