Getting Your Lawn and Mower Ready for Winter

Posted 7 October 2014 4:23 PM by Tim Coutis

Prior to the first frost, seed and fertilize following instructions carefully. Too much fertilizer can actually kill your lawn. Listed on the bag of fertilizer under the abbreviation NPK, you will find three numbers. These numbers refer to three elements contained in the fertilizer: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. These elements in sufficient amounts, result in a stronger greener grass that is disease resistant. The three numbers indicate the percentage of the respective elements in the fertilizer. Your local hardware store should be able to give you a good idea of the requirements of the soil in your area.

Now, with your lawn ready for its long winter’s nap, you have only one thing left to do. Taking the time to stow your lawnmower properly at the end of the season can add years of life to the machine. Here are the steps to follow:

Emptying the fuel tank and drain the oil: Today’s blends of gas and ethanol can separate when left sitting in the tank clogging up the engine. Ask about a Fuel Stabilizer at your local hardware store. Adding fuel stabilizer to the gas remaining in the tank will clean the fuel system thoroughly. This, along with draining the oil, will result in a clean engine that will produce less harmful exhaust emissions when you start up again in the spring.

Replace filters and remove the spark plug: Taking time to replace filters and spark plugs each year will guarantee a smooth and more energy efficient engine.

Clean deck and sharpen the blade: Hose off the deck or if necessary gently scape of old grass clippings that could promote rust. If you sharpen the blade in the fall you won’t have to remember to next spring. A sharp blade uses less fuel and is better for you mower and your lawn.


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