by Steff Stoll
Late winter is the perfect time to get a mower ready for the next spring season. This is also the time of year when most mower service centers have an open calendar. Or, if you feel mechanically inclined to do it yourself, here is a check list that we use at M.J. to keep our mowers in top shape:
Make sure the oil is changed. This should be done annually.
Check the air filter. If it is dirty, replace it.
Replace spark plugs. This will help your mower performance. Sometimes when it declines, you will not notice. This should be done annually to preserve the engine’s life.
Sharpen or change blades. Throughout the season, you should take time on a regular basis to examine the blades. Sharpening of blades helps the grass get a nice clean cut, and will make the lawn look better throughout the season. There is no simple rule on how often to sharpen mower blades, but it just depends on the rate of growth, density, and hard objects in the lawn.
Performing mower maintenance is an investment, but has the rewards of saving you time when the weather is nicer, as well as the long-term need to purchase a new mower!