Get your lawn mower ready for summer action
It’s time for your trusty lawn mower to spring into action as summer kicks in and your grass starts to grow at warp speed. Here’s how to prepare it for all the work ahead.
Use a strong spray of water and a blunt knife to remove any grass caked on the mower blades. Squirt a little oil on to the blades prevent rusting and wipe off any excess.
Clean the top of the mower as well, with a cloth or brush to remove grass, leaves and any other debris that’s hanging around.
Your mower will work better and last longer if you keep it lubricated. Always follow the instructions in your owner's manual and be sure to wipe off any excess oil.
Change the oil
If you haven’t already, change the oil. Remove the oil drain plug at the bottom of the engine and let the dirty oil run out into a container. When it's completely drained, replace the plug, and refill with the type and quantity of oil recommended in your owner's manual.
Disconnect the spark plugs and give them a good clean.
If you have a battery-operated mower, make sure the battery is fully charged at all times!
Sharpen the blades
This one is best left to the experts. Taking off the blades to sharpen them can be a tricky business if you don’t know what you are doing.
If you’re not confident doing any of the lawn mower maintenance yourself, visit your local mower servicing business to do it for you. Properly maintained, your lawnmower can last for many years and be ready for duty whenever you need it.