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.
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Whether it is a riding lawn mower or a manual lawn mower, this machinery is the probably the most frequently used piece of power equipment in your household. Therefore, appropriate lawn mower maintenance is crucial to ensure maximum efficiency and save you money.
So what can you do to properly maintain your lawn mower? Here are some tips:
Lawn Mower Maintenance Tips:
Check and change the oil. Prior to fall storage you should change the oil every 50 hours of use to prevent premature engine wear. You should also be changing the oil filter as well to further prevent a build up within the engine lubrication system. Keep in mind that you should always use the recommended oil by the manufacturer for that particular 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 will results in uneven cutting leaving your lawn appearance in disarray.
Sharpen the blades. Mowers 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.
Don’t Let Spring Be A Pain In The Grass! The best time is during the winter months. Don’t wait until the spring when lawn mower stores get busy.
Lucky for you, at Suburban Lawn Equipment we don’t just sell products – we service them too!
Want to take advantage of our pre-season lawn equipment Tune-Up Program? Drop off your lawn equipment and receive 10% off of your repair cost, or take advantage of discounted pick-up and delivery! Please see below for our pricing:
Pre-Season Tune Up Program
Lawnmowers starting at $69.99
Wide Cut Mowers starting at $119.99
Riding Mowers starting at $189.99
Residential ZTR’s starting at $199.99
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Commercial ZTR’s starting at $289.99
(Service parts are an additional cost. Shop fees apply to all repairs)
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. 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.
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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.
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