In the last post, we discussed some of the most common lawn mower maintenance mistakes and how to avoid them. Proper maintenance is critical for preserving both the lifespan of your lawn beautification equipment and the quality of your lawn care regimen. Here’s part two of our guide to avoiding some of the most common lawn mower maintenance mistakes.
Using Low-Quality Fuel
Lawn mowers are each different in the type of fuel that helps them operate best. However, improper gas storage and usage can result in a rusted gas tank and lower lifespan. Your lawn mower’s gas should always be stored in a cool, dry place in an airtight container. Alcohol within the gas can also pose an issue, as excess alcohol can draw water through your lawn mower’s vents and flood the gas tank. Experts generally recommend using alcohol-free fuel whenever possible. It’s also always a good idea to consult the owner’s manual for tips regarding proper fuel and gas tank maintenance.
Neglecting Tire Pressure
Neglecting the tire pressure of your lawn mower is a mistake that countless people make. However, tire pressure is actually one of the most common maintenance issues with lawn mowers of all kinds. Improper tire pressure can result in a number of prolonged issues. Most importantly, it affects the overall integrity of the cutting job. You may also find that your lawn mower is harder to steer with low tire pressure. If you notice that your lawn mower’s deck is uneven, tire pressure should be one of the first places to check.
Not Knowing When To Seek Professional Help
As you can see, mower maintenance can be quite the handful for inexperienced mowers. There’s absolutely no shame in calling a professional to perform full maintenance on any of your lawn equipment to ensure that it’s working at it’s best and providing the best cut possible.
A recent survey by Harris Poll for the National Association of Landscape Professionals found that three-quarters of Americans feel it is important to spend time outside in their yards, and avoiding these lawn mower maintenance mistakes can help you and your family make the most of all that your well-maintained yard has to offer. For more information about lawn mowers, contact Outback Heating of Virginia, Inc.