Lawn, Tree & Shrub Care
25 Apr 2018

Extend The Life Of Your Lawn Mower

Whatever kind of lawn mower you have, proper maintenance should help keep it going a decade or more. Consumer Reports, working to improve the lives of consumers by driving marketplace change, offers the most common ways to have your machine humming. Gasoline degrades and gums up over time. Ethanol in the gas can compound the problem by degrading rubber and plastic parts and coating linkages. • Add stabilizer, particularly one designed for ethanol, to gas before fueling. • Siphon extra fuel out of a walk mower, and run it dry at the end of the season. • For a tractor or rider, either run it dry or top off the gas tank so that there’s no room for condensation — but be sure to add stabilizer to gas first. CHANGE THE OIL Using sufficient, clean oil is what keeps your mower or tractor engine from overheating and failing prematurely, Consumer...

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16 Mar 2018

Sharpening and Maintaining Your Mower Blades

Don't let the colder weather fool you, spring is less than a week away, time to start dusting off all your lawn tools that have been hibernating for the winter. Your lawn mower will most certainly be in need of some seasonal maintenance. Spring is synonymous with cutting your grass. For those that may have neglected to sharpen the lawn mower blade while prepping the mower to be put to rest for the fall and winter months, then most certainly it is something you will need to do when you are getting it ready for the first mow. It is vital that every part of a push lawn mower be adequately maintained. Other than cleaning the carburetor and air filter when it is needed, also ridding old gas from the lawnmower’s tank, cleaning the undercarriage, and occasionally inspecting the fuel line, it is essential to keep blades sharpened. Manufacturers that...

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