Saturday, July 11, 2009

Lawn Mowing Tips

Summer is in full-swing and lawn-mowing is a regular chore for most of us. Here are a few tips to help you.

If your lawnmower is gasoline powered, be sure to check the oil level (if applicable) before cranking it.

If you have pneumatic tires, make sure they are properly inflated. A tire with low pressure will cause the blade to cut lower on that side resulting in an uneven cut.

Keep mower blades sharp. Dull blades shred the grass leaves rather than cut them. The shredded leaf ends will turn brown and discolor the lawn.

Don't mow when the grass is wet. It puts a strain on your lawn mower and results in an uneven cut. In addition, the wet clippings mat together and can not disperse properly. Furthermore, mowing wet grass on a slope presents a safety hazard; you may slip and hurt yourself.

Grass should be cut at varying heights depending upon the time of year. For that reason, your lawn mower cutting height should be easily adjustable. Never adjust the cutting height while the motor is running.

If your lawnmower is gasoline powered, allow the engine to cool before refilling. Never refill the tank while the mower is on the lawn; spillage will kill the grass.

If you use your mower on different lawns, weed seeds may be transported from one to the other. Be sure to spray off the underside of the mower, the deck and tires before going to the next job.

That's not all, but enough for now.

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