How to Prolong the Life of Your Lawnmower

How to Prolong the Life of Your Lawnmower

May 9, 2022  |  Lawn Care
A guy mowing is lawn

You take pride in your lawn. From the little tasks you do every day, to the weekly chores that keep your grass lush and green, you know that a healthy lawn is a sign of a healthy home.  

One of the most important duties in lawn upkeep is regular lawnmowing.  

Not only does keeping your lawn cut show the care you put into maintaining a healthy home, but it also radiates a vibrant beauty that flows into your community at large.  

Many people enjoy the routine of regularly mowing their lawn, but they do not take care of their lawnmower the right way.  

This post will give you some pro tips for prolonging the lifespan of your lawnmower.  

A Longer Life for Your Mower 

If you regularly mow your lawn, then you know how valuable a reliable mower is. Whether you own a push mower or a riding mower, there are a few things you must do to ensure that your mower stays in good health.  

Below are some of our top lawnmower tips.  

Read the Owner’s Manual 

Seems simple, right? You might be surprised by the number of lawnmower owners who have sat down and read their manual. It’s not many! There are dozens of hints, tips, and tricks that are unique to your specific lawnmower. Lost your manual? No problem! Just search the make and model number of your mower and chances are you will be able to find a copy online.  

Keep Your Machine Clean 

After every use, you should clean your mowing deck and wipe away excess grass clippings. Dried grass can be an issue. If you are noticing a build-up, simply turn your mower completely off, disconnect the spark plug wire, and spray the area down with a hose. If you are still finding that grass is clinging to the area, take an ice scraper and scrape away any stubborn clumps.  

Sharpen Your Blades 

Your blades should be sharpened at least once per year. Sharp blades make clean cuts through your grass and can even save you on fuel. Dull blades increase fuel use by up to 20%. It may not seem like much, but those savings add up over time. Beyond that, sharp blades make for a healthier lawn. When your blades are sharpened yearly, they make straight, clean cuts, as compared to the jagged, rough cuts that are made by dull blades.  

Replace Your Air Filter 

When you perform heavy labor, you need a steady supply of oxygen to keep your body going. Your lawnmower works the same way. A clogged air filter blocks proper air circulation in your mower. Your engine will struggle if it is overdue for a filter change. Paper filters are simple to replace and foam filters can be removed and cleaned at home with soap and water. After you dry your foam filter, try treating it with a dap of motor oil to help it pick up additional debris. 

Change Your Fuel and Oil 

This last tip is the simplest, but it is often overlooked. Just like your car needs regular oil changes, your mower needs to have its oil changed too. Before winter comes, drain your mower of both fuel and oil. Then run the engine until the tank is empty to ensure you have gotten out all the fuel. At the start of the next season, simply refill your mower with fuel and oil and it will be ready to run again.  

Care for Your Mower, Care for Your Lawn 

A healthy lawn is a sign of a healthy home. There is no better way to ensure the health of your lawn for years to come than by regularly maintaining your lawnmower.  

The next best thing you can do for your lawn is to trust more advanced lawn care techniques to the pros.  

Why not go for the best? At Lebanon Lawn and Landscape, we care about your lawn as much as you do.  

When you sign up for one of our services you can be sure that we will put the time, care, and energy into your lawn that it needs to thrive.  

From landscape design to spring and fall clean up, Lebanon Lawn and Landscape has you covered.