Keeping your mower clean and free of debris will definitely lengthen its life span. One of the areas you should always keep clean is the deck of your mower. If you do not, you may find yourself on a trip to a lawn mower repair shop with an expensive bill and a big headache. And so, we bring to you some handy lawn mower maintenance tips. Thank us later 🙂
Lawn Mower Maintenance So You Can Relax At Your Weekends
The mower deck is the plastic, steel or aluminum cover that shield and protects you from the mower blade and any debris they might kick up. Keeping it clean is very important both for your lawn mower and your safety. The deck is what keeps debris from flying up and hitting you when you are mowing.
Cleaning your lawn deck is easy to do. It will only take you a few minutes, and for best results, you should do it every time you finish mowing a lawn or at least monthly. If your mower cuts many lawns all day, you should be doing daily cleanings. There are also a few things you can do to help you mower not accumulate debris under the deck as well.
One thing you can do is to spray under the deck with a light coat of vegetable oil; this stops most things from adhering to the deck. You should use car shampoo to clean your mower. Other cleaners can be too strong and lead to more rust or corrosion. If you are using a garden hose to clean the mower make sure to spray from the side, you never want to get water into the air filter or the gas tank.
For a complete cleaning, this is what you do. Start by removing the gas from the gas tank and disconnecting the spark plug. You should always disconnect the spark plug when doing any work on your mower. Once you have emptied the gas and disconnected the wire stand the mower on its side.
Mower Maintenance Improves The Grass
Using a garden hose spray the mower deck to remove and loosen any debris of excess grass. You should use a brush and warm soapy water to scrub down the area. Once you’re done and have removed all debris and greasy build up you should rinse the deck and let it dry for at least an hour before using it again. Remember, lawn mower maintenance is not a privilege for your lawn, but a requisite!
While you have the unit turned on its side, this is a good time to also check for wear and tear on your blades or belts.
Keeping your mower clean and maintained is not only essential to the life of your mower. It is also necessary for the life of your grass. Many lawns suffer from being cut with dull or damaged blades which make the grass susceptible to fungus. This will make it very hard to maintain the proper amount of moisture. Unevenly cut grass eventually equals dead grass.
Maintaining your lawn mower is extremely important. Your lawn mower is an important investment for you, and you want to maintain the life of it for as long as possible so do not slack when it comes to keeping it maintained and clean.
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