Lawn Care

Prepping your Mower for Lawn Season

Prepping your Mower for Lawn Season

Sharpen Your Mower Blade

  • Mower blades should be sharpened at least twice every season
  • Sharpened mower blades ensure a crisp and healthy cut every time, preventing tearing of the grass blade
  • If you notice large chips or cracks in the blade, don’t sharpen it; buy a new one
  • You can sharpen the blades yourself or visit your local hardware store


  • You should check/change your spark plug once a year
  • A dirty or loose spark plug can make your mower difficult to start, waste fuel and give a choppy cut

Change the Oil

  • Your oil should be changed once a season
  • Reference your homeowner manual to ensure you are using the appropriate oil type
  • Ensure you remove spark and drain dirty oil before refilling

Clean the Mower

  • Grass clippings and caked-on dirt can accumulate on the mower’s underbelly
  • Flip the mower on its side and power wash the mower deck to remove any stuck-on debris
  • Regularly clean your mower deck throughout the season to prevent the spread of disease


  • Lubricate any moving parts such as wheel bearings.


Lawn mower maintenance is a fundamental element of lawn care. Despite being commonly overlooked, the importance of mowing practices can greatly affect turf health. If you notice yellow or brown tips on your grass blades, this is a common sign that your mower blade isn’t sharp enough. Using a dull mower blade can create tears that don’t heal and leave our lawn susceptible to disease, insect damage, drought and heat stress.

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