Properly store your lawn mower for the winter to keep it in top-notch shape for spring. By “winterizing” your mower, you’ll help it run more smoothly and efficiently when you need it next year. Remember–a lawn mower that is not operating at peak performance can do more harm than good. These are the winter lawn mower maintenance tasks you’ll need to accomplish before you put your mower into storage:
- Change the oil, clean the air filter, and replace the spark plug. Like cars, lawn mowers need regular maintenance to run properly.
- Sharpen the mower blades to keep them running correctly. This is critically important, as dull blades will tear the grass and often lead to disease.
- Winterize your lawn mower’s fuel system to keep it fresh. You can add a stabilizer can to prevent carburetor clogs, or you can drain the gasoline. Make sure you take proper safety precautions when working with fuel.
- Make sure all nuts and bolts on the lawn mower are screwed on tightly. It’s better to check now instead of having the machine potentially fall apart while mowing next year.
- Clean and wax your mower to prevent corrosion and keep it looking good.
- Read your operator’s manual to learn about any other services the mower might need or potential hazards to avoid.
If all these winter lawn mower maintenance tasks seem like a handful, your local Lawn Doctor can help. Our Lawn Mower Maintenance services can perform all of the duties mentioned above for your mower, getting it in terrific condition for next year’s use. After your lawn mower is winterized, keep it in a safe storage space to protect it from harsh seasonal conditions.