Lawn Mower Maintenance
The familiar whir of lawn mowers is in the air, as well as the lovely smell of fresh cut grass. You’ll also be noticing the perfectly manicured lawns around the neighbourhood, as well as the crispy, dried up grass that belongs to… hopefully not you.
Your grass needs weekly maintenance to keep it healthy and under control– especially with all the rain we’ve had. Infinity is full of lawn care experts who know exactly how to keep your lawn neat, healthy and maintained. If you’re more the DIY type, then we don’t need to tell you how important lawn maintenance is. But maintenance that is often overlooked is on your lawn mower, itself.
Keeping your blades sharp will not only make your cutting easier (and thus the grass cut look sharper), but it is also healthier for your grass. Grass tips will sometimes turn white if the blades of your mower aren’t sharp enough, and, much like hair, the results of your efforts will always look rough.
If you’re dedicated to that DIY lifestyle and have a shed full of tools, you can sharpen those blades right at home. Get out your bench grinder and grind off all that old, dull metal. When the edge looks shiny and sharp, hang it on a nail from the hole at the centre of the blade, where you attach it to the lawn mower. If it doesn’t balance, head back to the grinder and take a couple more millimetres from the heavier side until the blade hangs evenly, otherwise your lawnmower will rattle itself apart.
If you’re not that dedicated, there are places in Lethbridge that will do it for you (just follow the links). However you get it done, remember to routinely sharpen your mower blade to keep your grass looking its very best.
Clean Out the Gunk
On an easier note, it’s good practice to clean out the bottom of your mower on a regular basis. Months of grass clippings left inside your mower can crust up the bottom of the mower, makes your weekly cut more difficult, with more weight to push. And it makes your mower work harder as well. But, more importantly, for the people who don’t cut the lawn, it can start to smell up your garage or wherever you store your mower. You don’t have to have any special knowledge or tools to do it.
The first step to any kind of maintenance is to take the spark plug lead off. Then, flip your mower over, preferably with the carburettor up. If you don’t know where the carburettor is, follow the link. If you still can’t figure it out, look for the choke or gas switches are. That’s the side you want to keep up. Then grab a tool, almost any tool, and scrape at the inside of your mower deck until you can see the metal again. Then, if you’re still feeling energetic, give it a spray down with you garden hose. Now it’ll look sparkly and new, but don’t forget to put the spark plug lead back on, or you’re going to have a lot of trouble starting it tomorrow.
If you’d rather not deal with regular maintenance for your lawn mower, just give Infinity a call– we take good care of our equipment, ensuring your lawn receives the best cut it can get. We’re proud of the work we do, and we want a chance to prove our worth to you too. Request a free lawn care quote today!