Yes, it’s the middle of winter, but that first spring mow will be here before you know it. Is your mower ready for the job? Most homeowners wait until the last minute to tune up the mower and make sure its components are functioning properly, but that’s usually when problems are found. Problems mean delays, and the grass can get out of hand quickly. Here are some tips for getting your mower ready for the first use this spring. Keep in mind that where you live will determine when you follow these guidelines. If you live in a warmer climate, you’ll need to prepare your mower sooner; if you’re still planning to be knee-deep in snow for a while, keep this list handy for when you can see the grass again.
- Clean the engine housing. This should be an easy job if you already cleaned it at the end of last season and then covered your mower with a protective lawn mower cover to keep the dirt and dust out.
- Check the condition of the blade. Sharpen or replace as necessary.
- Change the oil.
- Replace the old spark plug.
- Refer to your owner’s manual for other recommended pre-season maintenance tasks related specifically to your lawn mower’s make and model.
- Fill up the gas tank.
- Fire up the mower to test that it still starts easily and runs smoothly.
- Cover the mower with a protective lawn mower cover until it’s time for the first official mow.