Maintaining your Yard Equipment

Summer is here, that means keeping your yard in tip-top shape! Yard equipment is very expensive to purchase and repairs are costly. Following some simple maintenance checks on your lawn and garden equipment to keep it running smoothly all season.

Lawn Mower:

In order to keep your lawn mower in good shape and not need to replace it every few years, you have to give it the right care.  Many people neglect their mower unless it won’t start or something breaks. Not performing any maintenance on your lawn mower will guarantee a short life.

  • You should always clean away any stumps or obstacles before mowing your lawn. This will prevent your blade from hitting these obstacles and destroying your lawn mower.
  • Remove any debris or grass clippings from the engines cooling fins, engine covers, and air-intake screens after mowing your lawn, to prevent your mower from overheating.
  • Regularly check belt/chain drives for tightness and wear.
  • Check a gas mowers pull-start cord; replace it if it is frayed.
  • Sharpen your lawn mowers blades to ensure you cut your grass evenly.

Weed Eater:

Doing yard work can be a very frustrating, long process if you have a malfunctioning weed eater.  When you practice proper maintenance, breakdowns are preventable. Performing regular maintenance will not only promote safety, but also save you money.

  • Clean around the spark plugs and remove to see if they need to be replaced. Make sure you follow the manual’s instructions.
  • Double check air and fuel filters to make sure that dust and debris does not enter the machine.
  • Different engines have different oil to gasoline ratios. A four cycle engine requires a regular oil change. Again, make sure to read your manual.

Garden Tools:

High priced, high quality gardening tools are designed to last many years but caring for them regularly will help assure that they are ready to use when you need them to.

  • Always remove the soil and dirt off your digging tools after use.
  • Never put your tools away when they are wet. Allow them to dry completely to prevent them from rusting and rotting.
  • Wipe the metal parts of your garden tools with an oily rage, or spray with a little bit of WD40.
  • Sharpen your cutting tools, to ensure you will get the best results.
  • Thoroughly clean any tools that have made contact with chemicals, such as fertilizer. Chemicals will corrode any metal tools.

All garden tools and yard equipment must be maintained, properly so that workers are safe and the job gets done well. Preventive maintenance on lawn mowers, weed eaters, and garden tools will keep them in usable condition and extend their life.

We must also be aware that performing yard equipment maintenance tasks themselves can be hazardous and may result in injury. So, be aware of what you are doing and consult help if needed. We want your lawn and garden equipment to be in perfect condition.

Sources:

Top Ten Reviews (www.toptenreviews.com)

Consumer reports (www.consumerreports.org)

The Garden helper (www.thegardenhelper.com)

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