Gearing Up for Another Lawn Care Season

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We have had some unusual weather for February and I am fairly certain we are not “out of the woods” just yet when it comes to winter weather. However, I have seen a few reminders lately that spring will be here before you know it and so will the lawn care season. Don’t be caught off guard! Get your lawn care equipment ready now with some pre-season maintenance. Here are a few tips to help you:

  1. Service your mower engine. Check the owners manual for your lawn mower engine to see what type of annual maintenance is recommended. Go ahead and order any filters, spark plugs or other engine parts. Change out any old gas that may have been left in your mower from last season and make sure to change the engine oil. Consider if you need to take your mower to a mechanic if you don’t want to do it yourself.
  2. Sharpen or Change Out the Mower Blades. Maintaining sharp mower blades that are in good condition will minimize the wear on your mower. This practice will also reduce fuel usage. Most importantly, maintaining sharpened mower blades also reduces disease issues in your lawn grasses.
  3. Inspect and Repair Other Mower Parts. Inspect all levers, cables, pulleys, belts and switches. Especially check battery cables to make sure rodents have not damaged them while your mower was being stored for winter. If you notice any parts that are damaged or heavily worn, consider replacing them. Now is the time to order any parts before you get into the busy mowing season. You don’t want to wait until it is time to begin mowing your grass and then find out that your mower is not working due to broken levers, cables, pulleys, belts or switches.
  4. Properly Grease and/or lubricate Fittings. Check the owners manual for your mower to see what type of grease or other lubrication is required to maintain your mower and where the application of grease or lubricant is recommended. Using the recommended lubricant, apply it as indicated in your owner’s manual.
  5. Check Wheels, Tires, and Cutting Height Adjustment. Make sure that any tires are in good condition. Check them for signs of dry rot. Make sure wheels are secured properly to the mower. Also, don’t forget to check the mowing deck and mowing height adjustment. You can check the owners manual for how to adjust the mowing deck and calibrate the mowing height adjustment properly.

Mowing season will be here before you know it. If you have any questions as you get your mower in working order or if you have other lawn care related questions, please remember that you can always contact us at N.C. Cooperative Extension of Yancey County by calling (828) 682-6186.