Holidays are almost here! ‘Tis the season to shop and give back! Are you on the market for new outdoor power equipment? At Suburban Lawn & Equipment, we deliver convenience, efficiency and value for your investments. This is made possible by quality lawn mowers, string trimmers, chain saws, back pack blowers, edgers and generators from top manufacturers including Toro, Cub Cadet, Stihl, Honda, Echo, Hustler, Scag & Boss.
As the seasons change and the snow begins to fall, it’s time for lawn mower winter maintenance. With a little post-season preparation, your lawn mower will feel brand new when spring comes back around.
You should always store your lawn mower in a cool/dry area, and make sure you cover the mower to prevent wear and tear. But before you cover, you should follow these basic tips below to ensure proper winterization of your lawn mower.
Lawn Mower Winter Maintenance Tips
Empty the fuel tank. If you let the gas sit in the fuel tank for an extended period of time, this could cause a clog in the carburetor. We suggest that you run the engine until the gas tank is completely empty.
Replace the oil. Frequently changing the oil within your lawn mower will ensure a longer life sentence. Be sure to use the suggested amount of oil provided by the manufacturer.
Charge the battery. During the winter months, it’s important to charge the battery every so often to prevent battery failure.
As your longtime local Honda dealer, we take pride in each piece of Honda equipment we sell and service. Because we only want the best quality and performance for our customers, we make sure that every time we see a product to you, we also make sure you know everything about safety operations and maintenance procedures.
Whether you’re a homeowner or a you take care of people’s lawns for a living, we want to provide you with the best of the best. If you want to learn more about mowing, lawn care or mower maintenance, you came to the right place! Below are some of your most asked questions and answers that will surely take your lawn care experience to the next level!
Honda Dealer Guide to Everything Lawn Care
Is there a right and wrong time to mow the lawn?
Any time is good to mow the lawn as long as you have good lighting conditions. In a heat or areas affected by drought, Honda recommends to raise the height of the cut and allow the grass to grow a little higher than normal during those times.
How dry must the grass be when I mow it?
As dry as possible. If the grass is wet, it won’t mulch properly and the clippings will tend to clump together or stick to the mower deck. It is a good idea to let the dew evaporate before mowing. You should be able to pass your hand over the surface of the grass and not detect free moisture.
What is the rule of thumb for the grass height before it should be mowed?
The general rule is that no more than one third of the leaf blade should be removed at any one mowing. Another way to think about this would be to mow the grass when it reaches 50 percent higher than the desired height. For example, if you are maintaining the turf area at two inches, ideally it should be mowed when it reaches three inches in height.
What does “going to seed” mean? Is this a good practice?
This means not mowing the grass and allowing it to go to seed. Some homeowners believe they can thicken up their lawn by not mowing and allowing the grass to form seed. Unfortunately, the exact opposite is true. By allowing the turfgrass to form seed, nutrients normally used for shoot and root growth are diverted to nourish the developing seed. Developing seed always has priority over shoots and roots for nutrients.
What is proper mower maintenance?
The mower must be carefully inspected at the beginning of the season. Depending on the usage, cables may need adjustment, the blade(s) may need to be sharpened or replaced and engine oil changed. The blade(s) and oil should be checked before or after each mowing.
At the end of the season, the mower should be prepared for storage as detailed in the owner manual.
What are the signs of a worn mower blade?
A worn or dull mower blade will tend to shred the grass leaf rather than cutting it cleanly. The result is a jagged tip that turns brown rapidly. This, in turn, gives the entire lawn a brownish or tan appearance for several days. The turfgrass might actually appear to be diseased or stressed, but the green color will gradually be restored as the grass leaves grow.
Got more questions? Make sure to visit Honda for more tips!
Suburban Lawn Equipment has been providing first class service to the outdoor power equipment industry since 1981. Excellent products and outstanding before-and-after-sales service have earned us a stellar reputation. We’re happy to service anything we sell. Bring your zero turn lawn mowers, walk behind lawn mowers, lawn tractors, riding lawn mowers, etc. to us any time you need a tune-up or maintenance and repairs. Our technicians are certified by the Equipment & Engine Training Center (EETC) and stay current by attending all sales and service seminars offered by our manufacturers. For our customers this means experienced trouble shooting and flawless work with no room for complaints.
Did you know that the likelihood of experiencing a power outage on the East Coast greatly increases during summer months? We don’t know about you but we think that’s a perfect excuse to equip yourself with Honda Generators asap!
During a blackout, it becomes really hard to function normally in your household or a place of business. Let’s face it, these days most appliances rely on electricity to generate power. With Honda Generators, you won’t ever have to worry about your food spoiling in the fridge or a business being forced to close. Owning a portable generator during a power outage is really like having a best friend by your side.
June 21st is just around the corner! Have you found the perfect gift for your dad yet? If not, we’re here to share some great sales on outdoor power equipment and Father’s Day gift ideas!
Come in to Suburban Lawn Equipment in Delaware to shop first class outdoor power equipment from STIHL, Honda, Cub Cadet, Toro and more! Our expert technicians will be happy to assist you with any of your shopping needs. More importantly, we never sell anything in a box. Your unit is set up and inspected by factory authorized technicians; plus we top it off with oil or gas at pickup. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your residential or commercial lawn mowers have been put together by professionals.
Father’s Day Gift Ideas & Deals from Suburban Lawn Equipment:
Don’t let spring be a pain in the grass! Come to Suburban Lawn Equipment, a STIHL Authorized Dealer. For every kind of dad, there’s a STIHL! Now through June 21st, save on all STIHL products, starting at an incredible $139!
When you’re ready to mow like a pro, trust TORO! At Suburban Lawn Equipment, we have Toro lawn mowers starting at just $299!
The all new Honda EU2200i Generator raises the bar when it comes to quiet, dependable, durable and easy-to-use generators. It delivers 10 percent more power than the EU2000i, letting you power more of what you need, but with virtually no change in weight or cost. Plus it provides even better performance, combined with improved ease of use and maintenance, for powering work, home or play. A perfect Father’s Day gift if you ask us!
For more Father’s Day Deals and to stay up to date with our monthly specials,
Suburban Lawn Equipment has been providing first class service to the outdoor power equipment industry since 1981. Excellent products and outstanding before-and-after-sales service has earned us a stellar reputation. Speaking of amazing deals, now through February 29th, 2020, you can save big when shopping our Dealer Invoice Price Snow Throwers!
Yes, that’s right! Snow Loss = Your Gain! This BLOWOUT SALE won’t last long so make sure to stop by our store and pick up one of our in-stock snow throwers!
More importantly, we never sell anything in a box. You can count on our knowledgeable and friendly staff to help you find the right product for your needs! Your outdoor power equipment is set up and inspected by factory authorized technicians. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your snow throwers have been put together by professionals.
Are you ready for winter and a heavy snowfall that comes with it? Don’t worry, here at Suburban Lawn Equipment in Delaware, we always have your back.
Since we not only sell outdoor power equipment but we also service it, we want to make sure our customers leave our store knowing everything they possibly can about the equipment they buy from us. This is why we also put together this instructional video to help you with getting your snow thrower in a top notch shape this winter season!
In this Snow Thrower Maintenance video, you’re going to learn:
What to do before you start a snow thrower. (0:30)
How to check the oil (0:33) and fuel. (0:48)
What maintenance products we recommend to use. (1:17)
How to properly start a snow thrower. (1:57)
Want to know more about the snow thrower maintenance or still not sure how to properly take care of your equipment?
Contact us at Suburban Lawn Equipment for our expertise and all your Outdoor Power Equipment needs in Delaware!
Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
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As a small business, we’re thrilled to be a part of the Shop Small Movement, proudly backed by American Express. This movement is a nationwide effort to support and celebrate small businesses every day and everywhere.
We’ve been a proud member of the Delaware community since 1981, and it’s been exciting to watch other small businesses in the area flourish as well.
When you shop at small businesses, you not only support our local economy but also promote thriving communities across the country. In fact, for every dollar you spend when you Shop Small, approximately 67 cents stays in the local community.* That’s something we can all get behind.
Whether you’re looking for snow blowers or power generators, you’re a part of something bigger when you Shop Small with us. We appreciate your year-round support!
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From minor tasks to major home improvement projects, the right tools and proper accessories make all the difference. STIHL products are designed with those tasks and projects in mind, so if you’re looking for great equipment to help you tackle jobs both big and small, you can find yours with STIHL.
5 Reasons to Buy STIHL Products:
Power and Fuel-Efficiency.STIHLis committed to developing best quality outdoor power equipment while using environmentally responsible production practices.
Non-petroleum based oils and lubricants. STIHL leads the charge in developing cleaner engines to minimize the environmental impact.
Personalized experience. STIHL products are sold through a network of over 8,000 servicing power equipment retailers (for example:Suburban Lawn Equipment in Wilmington, Delaware) from coast to coast — NOT mass merchants.
Exclusiveness. STIHL is the only gasoline-powered chainsaw manufacturer on the planet to design and produce its own saw chains. After all, the #1 selling brand of chainsaw in the world deserves a chain that matches its quality and dependability.
Innovation. The STIHL company’s innovations include the gear-less saw, the anti-vibration system, electronic ignition, self-lubricating saw chains, chain brakes and many more.
Suburban Lawn Equipment of Delaware proudly sells, services and maintains the full line of STIHL products. If you are not sure which STIHL product is right for your needs, we will assist you. As always, we want you to have the right STIHL tool for the right job!
Want to know what can you do to properly maintain your lawn mower? Here are some great suggestions from our service experts at Suburban Lawn Equipment in Delaware.
Lawn Mower Maintenance Tips:
Check and Change the Oil. Prior to fall/winter storage, you should change the oil every 50 hours of use to prevent premature engine wear. Changing the oil filter will prevent a build-up within the engine lubrication system. Keep in mind that you should always use the recommended oil by the manufacturer for your particular lawn mower model.
Replace the Air Filter. We recommend changing the air filter every 25 hours of use per season. Why? Because the air filter prevents dirt and debris from entering the carburetor and/or engine.
Check the Tire Pressure. Many people forget about the tires, but it’s important to maintain a consistent amount of pressure throughout each tire. Failing to do so will result in uneven cutting leaving your lawn appearance in disarray.
Sharpen the Blades. Mower blades endure a heavy amount of wear and tear throughout the season caused by rocks and branches and so forth. We recommend sharpening your lawn mower blade every season and replacing the blade every 1 to 3 years.
Change the Spark Plug. This is a process that is relatively inexpensive and absolutely critical to ensure an easy start up. We recommend changing the spark every year in order to maintain your lawn mower for use.