Did you know letting grass get too long before cutting it is unhealthy for your lawn? Now that the weather’s getting a bit warmer your grass will start to shoot up, so this Easter Bank Holiday long weekend is the perfect time to mow it (weather allowing of course!) But before your start trimming your turf, maintain your lawnmower to keep it running smoothly throughout the mowing season.
Change the Petrol
Petrol and electric mowers require different maintenance checks. If you have a petrol lawnmower we advise draining the petrol at the end of each mowing season as petrol can evaporate and spoil over time. If petrol has been left in your mower over the winter, drain it now and replace it with fresh fuel according to the instructions in your manual.
Check the Oil
Lawnmowers with petrol engines will also use oil to lubricate the machinery. Depending on your lawnmower model, oil will either need to be combined with the fuel or added separately. Again, consult your manual if you’re unsure where to add oil to your mower.
If the oil is added separately to the petrol over time this oil will become dirty and need changing. Drain the old oil if necessary and top up with new oil to the recommended level. Your manual should have recommendations for how often to change the oil on your specific model.
Check the Cord
If you have an electric lawnmower check the power cable for fraying or holes (a common problem if mice have found their way into your garden shed). You may need to get a replacement cable if yours is damaged, as exposed wires are dangerous. Fully untangle your cable each time you start mowing too; bundled or knotted up cord can overheat.
Sharpen the Blades
Blunt lawnmower blades will cut your lawn unevenly and could even damage it by ripping up the grass. Sharpen your blades if necessary or if they are cracked, damaged or too blunt to sharpen replace them with brand new blades to improve your mower’s performance.
Our video demonstrates how to change metal mower blades:
Clean the Mower
The longevity of your lawnmower can be improved simply by cleaning it regularly! When cleaning your mower:
- Clear grass build up from any vents on your machine so that the motor is well ventilated and doesn’t overheat
- Clean the blades and area around the blades so that they can spin freely. Blocked blades will also cause the motor to overheat and burn out as the motor will have to work harder to turn them.
- Consider using a cleaning kit with a mulch barrier to avoid future grass build up.
Watch our video showing a specialist lawnmower cleaning kit in action:
Cleaning your mower after each use is a good habit to get into, as mud and grass are much easier to remove when they are wet, than when they have dried and hardened on to your appliance.
Once your lawnmower is prepared you’re ready to tackle your lawn! To keep your lawn in the best condition throughout spring and summer, we recommend mowing it regularly whenever required, ideally at times when it is reasonably dry. Got more mower maintenance tips to share? We’d love to hear them, let us know in the comments below.