Steps for bringing your lawnmower out of hibernation

Growing season is just weeks away. Before you know it, it will be time to cut your grass again. Your lawnmower is your workhorse. Giving it a little preventive care will improve its lifespan and performance. Plus, you don’t want to be “that neighbor” whose lawn grows embarrassingly high because your mower is in the repair shop.

Here’s how to bring your lawnmower out of hibernation.    

  • Man filling gas tank of lawn mower

    Be sure to fill your tank up with fresh gas to remove moisture and keep fuel lines clear.

    Sharpen the mower blades. Dull blades may cause jagged, uneven edges, which can become yellow or brown. Those torn edges also make your lawn more prone to disease.

  • Change the spark plug and air filter. These simple and inexpensive tasks help ensure a good, clean start to mowing season. Plugs can get pretty beat up after a full season of mowing. A new one may help your mower start more easily. And dirty air filters not only make your engine work harder; they also cause your mower to burn more gas.
  • Buy fresh gas. Keeping your engine purring by getting rid of the gas that’s been sitting in the tank all winter. It may have accumulated harmful moisture. Fresh gas helps to remove any moisture and keep fuel lines clear. Check with your city or municipality about how to properly dispose of the old gas.
  • Buy back-up mower blades. Ideally, you’ll get your mower blades sharpened monthly. But we all know that life gets hectic. You may not get around to doing this each month. It’s smart to plan ahead by always having sharp blades available.

Not into do-it-yourself maintenance? Beat the seasonal rush by getting your mower into the repair shop for a professional tuneup now. Most will also do a basic inspection of the engine and housing, lubricate all of the moving parts, and make sure your mower is functioning properly.