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.
It’s almost that time of year again when all the outdoor power equipment enthusiasts in the Tri-State area come together to enjoy a day full of workshops, shopping and amazing deals! Yes, that’s right! Here at Suburban Lawn Equipment we are gearing up for the Spring EXPO 2018: the 30th Annual Open House event! We hope to see you there on March 8thfrom 8AM – 4PM!
Come by on March 8th to enjoy refreshments, attend workshops, meet with representatives from our equipment suppliers and shop some amazing outdoor power equipment deals!
Suburban Lawn Equipment in Wilmington, Delaware is not only known for its great service, but also for making customers for life. One of our favorite way to give back to our community is organizing special events featuring great specials (on top of our every day deals) from our top dealers.
This past weekend, May 6th, we hosted our annual Honda Dealers Days, and today we wanted to show you a glimpse of this special event! We had so much fun – rain or shine – and we hope you did too! If you happened to miss us this weekend, make sure to attend next year. You won’t regret it!
The Honda Dealer Days took place at our very own location over at 1950 W Newport Pike in Wilmington, Delaware.
Did we mention we had delicious refreshments as well?
Special thanks to 99.5 WJBR for coming out to our Honda Dealer Days! They always play great music and give away fun prizes! We’re so grateful for having such a supportive relationship through all these years!
Once again, thank you to everyone who came out to Suburban Lawn this weekend for Honda Dealer Days and congratulations to Ken Levine, the winner of a brand new Honda Lawn Mower.
A feel good story as his mower was stolen on Friday, that was why he was at our event on Saturday! Congratulations again!
We can’t wait for the next year of great deals!
Also, don’t forget to check out these awesome deals now through May 28, 2017! Now is the time to visit your local STIHL Dealer for great values on spring’s hottest trimmers, blowers and chainsaws.
Don’t miss your chance to save BIG on our End of the Year Honda Clearance Sale with Honda Mowers starting as low as $399.
If you lawn mower has seen better days, why not take advantage of these huge saving on Honda mowers. You’ll be happy you did when spring arrives next year!
Winter will be here before you know it. Here are some excellent tips for putting your lawn mower in storage, so that come spring it will ready to go!
How to Prepare Your Lawn Mower for a Long Winter Nap:
Empty Excess Gas: Gasoline left in an engine for long periods of time tends to become “gummy” and can clog your carburetor. To prevent this, idle your mower until the tank is empty or add a gasoline stabilizer to the fuel.
Change the Oil: It is best to do this while the engine is still warm, so a good time would be right after a final mowing or running out the gas.
Clean the Air Filter: For foam-type filter, remove and clean with hot, soapy water. Before replacing, squeeze a couple tablespoons of clean oil onto it. For a paper filter, shake it gently or blow on it.
Oil the Spark Plug: Remove the spark plug and pour a tablespoon of clean engine oil into the hole. Replace the plug and crank the engine a couple of times to distribute the oil.
Clean the Engine: Wash off with water and remove dirt or grass clippings off the underside as well. Using an old paintbrush, clean the cooling fans and check the blade (If dull, sharpen or replace).
Properly storing your mower for the winter will get you off and running next spring. Suburban is a full service outdoor equipment business that helps to keep you prepared for every season.
We have Honda Generators in stock to keep you warm and to weather the months ahead.