One of the best parts of cold weather, you get to collect dust on your lawn mower! That’s right, it’s time to end the weekend chore of mowing the lawn until spring. We do not want you to be using your lawn mower in the cold winter months, as you can do more harm than good on your grass. Let’s run through a few quick tips to make sure your mower is ready to use next spring:
- Do not let gas sit in the tank. If you are able, run the mower until it is out of gas. Another option is to stop at a home improvement store and pick up an additive like “Sta-Bil.” Follow the instructions on the bottle and add the appropriate amount, followed by running your mower for about 10 minutes. This will allow the additive to get into the gas lines, so they will not be corroded over winter.
- Sharpen your mower blade or get a new one. Cutting with a dull mower blade can harm your grass. It tugs at the blades of grass rather than a clean cut. This leaves the blade of grass jagged on top causing a hazy brown appearance and can increase susceptibility to lawn diseases.
- Change the oil on your mower. This is always good maintenance on any piece of equipment. Changing the oil, any old sparks plugs, and general maintenance ensures your equipment will operate properly.
- Wash your mower. We swear equipment operates better when it is clean!
- Stay off the lawn. When frost covers the lawn it you can break grass blades by running your mower on them.
- Go to the gym and do bicep curls. This way when you are cutting the grass next year in your cutoff t-shirt, the neighbors will be impressed with more than just your lawn!