Around the Yard

Tips on Maintaining a Lawn Mower

By: Tricia Craven Worley

It’s important to perform regular lawn mower maintenance, including:

  • Keep the blade sharp.
  • Clean under the mower deck.

Watch this video to find out more.

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Tricia Craven Worley: Some of us have gardens that we have to mow the lawn all year round, and some of you were lucky enough that you only have to do it seasonally. And in either case, it’s really important for really beautiful lawn to keep your mower in tip-top shape.

Now, I myself keep a spare blade handy. So when the blade that I’m using currently gets dull, I can just switch it out. And the important thing about a sharp blade is that if the blade is dull, it will have a tendency to tear the grass and split the ends of the blades, just like your hair gets split ends, so if you haven’t cut it properly.

The other thing I like to do is keep it really clean underneath the deck. Be sure that first of all that you unplug the spark plug, and if it’s electrical make sure that’s it’s unplugged as well. And just lift up underneath. As you can see, I’ve already taken the brush and cleaned out under here and gotten all this grass out there.

It tends to clog the blade, and it interferes with getting rid of all this icky grass is that this has a tendency to spread seed and disease to other parts of your lawn, and you don’t want that. You want a nice green healthy lawn.



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