Your lawn mower works hard throughout the growing season, keeping your landscape trim and healthy so you can enjoy the full benefits of your sod. During the year, it’s easy to gauge when something is clogging the gears of your landscaping equipment. Regular maintenance is crucial not only to the longevity of your lawn mower, but also to the long-term health of your turfgrass. To ensure a smooth start-up next spring, take an afternoon to winterize your small motor machines before storing them for the season.
Gasoline and Motor Oil
Unused gasoline can cause myriad problems for your lawn mower over the winter. When gas deteriorates in your mower, it can rust or varnish your engine and gum up the carburetor. You may also find yourself with water in your gas tank come spring. After your last mow of the season, add a fuel stabilizer to your gasoline. Run the engine to disperse the solution, then cut the power and let your engine cool. Siphon off the remaining gas and store it somewhere safe. Replace the oil in your engine, making certain to dispose of old oil at a recycling center.
Before storing your lawn mower, clean it of any grass clippings, dirt, or organic matter that will generate rust during the winter. Charge your battery periodically to ensure your mower retains its full power potential. Disconnect the spark plug before storing your lawn mower, and replace it if necessary. Check your air filter and gas filter. Before your first sweep of the lawn next growing season, sharpen the blades of your lawn mower. Dull blades tear your grass, damaging your sod and making your landscape look ragged.
For more tips on winter sod care, contact NG Turf.