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Prepping Your Lawn Equipment for Spring

By James Mayfield 3.7.14

Ahhhh, springtime. The air is getting warmer, plants are blooming, winter clothes are being put away, and the great outdoors is calling. Yard work is also on the minds of many this time of year.

If it’s been awhile since you’ve fired up the trusty lawn equipment, here are a few things to consider while prepping your lawn equipment.

First, give your machines a thorough cleaning. Chances are there are some cobwebs and caked-on grass (especially under the mower) from the last time it was used.

Next, check the blades. Are they still sharp? On average, experts say mower blades should be sharpened at least twice each season. If they’re dull, consider using a hand file to sharpen them or take them to a professional to improve the edge. 

Change the oil filter and drain any oil left from last season, then refill the engine’s oil.

Check all of the screws, nuts, and bolts to make sure they are tight. Mowers can vibrate and rattle like crazy, loosening the parts that keep the machine together. Also, check the wheels to make sure they are securely fastened. Changing out the spark plugs is also recommended every year.

If you have any electric-powered equipment, make sure all cords are in good shape, not twisted, and there are no frays in the line.

Preparing your equipment before its first use of the season will not only make landscaping more efficient, it will also leave behind a beautiful, green, and evenly cut lawn.