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Mower Guide - Best Practice Guides

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FAQ About General Lawn Mower Use, Maintenance, & Storage

Frequently Asked General Use Questions

  1. Is it ok to cut your grass after it rains?

    When possible, avoid cutting grass after a heavy rain. It increases the chance of slipping. Also grass clippings can clump together and negatively affect the blade.

  2. What type of Personal Protective Equipment should I wear when using a lawn mower or Tractor?

    Always wear steal toed, safety shows while operating a lawn mower or tractor to protect you in case of a slip of fall near the blades. It is also advised to wear safety glasses & gloves while operating any lawn equipment to ensure clippings or debris don't enter your eye.

  3. How short should I cut my grass?

    Avoid cutting your grass to short. Shallow cutting can expose the root and increase the chance of lawn disease. It is considered best practice to only ever cut off 1/3 of the grasses height at a time.

  4. Is it better to mulch, bag or just leave grass clippings when cut? And Why?

    When appropriate, it is recommended that grass clippings be mulched and left to decompose rather than bagged and discarded or freely discharged. This can improve soil quality and mineral content which, in turn, improves the health of your grass.

  5. Is it ok to cut really dry grass?

    Avoid mowing your lawn after long periods of drought (without rain or watering). At this point the grass is frail can cutting it can reduce moisture content and negatively affect the health of your lawn.

  6. Which cutting pattern is best?

    No one cutting pattern yields a better result than another. It is entirely up to the operator in deciding which pattern he/she prefers. However, it is important to vary mowing patterns from time to time to ensure that grass doesn't grow in the direction of your mowing path and create dead/brown spots. This can be done, for example, by alternating between horizontal, vertical and diagonal cutting patterns.

Frequently Asked Maintenance Questions

  1. What maintenance is essential to my mower?

    Many maintenance tips will be specific to the mower and can be included in your mowers manual. But generally, always check for low oil levels, air filter quality, and blade tension and secureness.

  2. How do I properly inspect the mower deck?

    When positioning your mower on its side to inspect the mower deck (where the blade is housed), do so in a way that directs the carburetor upward to discourage fuel or oil from entering and clogging the carburetor.

  3. Is my mower ready to use right out of winter storage?

    When using your lawn mower for the first time after storage, always be sure to change the oil and check the spark plug before use. When checking the spark plug, look for sediment or carbon deposits between the spark plug contact points. Consult your user manual for information on the proper spacing required for your mower. If carbon buildup is present, remove it with fine grit sandpaper until bare metal is again visible.

  4. My mower runs, but not very well. What can I do about that?

    When taking your lawn mower out of storage and using it for the first time, be sure to check the air filter quality, fuel and fuel filter quality and blade sharpness.

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Frequently Asked Storage Questions

  1. Where is best to store my Lawn Mower for the winter?

    When putting away your lawn mower for the season, place it in a dry area to limit corrosion and rust. If a completely dry area is unavailable, be sure to place it in an area were moisture exposure is limited.

  2. Are there any special precautions I need to take when storing my lawn mower?

    Regardless of location, when storing your lawn mower place a barrier (such as a garbage bag, extra vapour barrier or newspaper) between the mower and the ground over which it rests to ensure that any leaking oils or fuel don't affect the surface beneath.

  3. How can I ensure my mower will start in the spring?

    Before storage be sure to fill the fuel tank with a mixture of fuel and fuel stabilizer to limit fuel separation, oxidation and moisture induced corrosion.

  4. What should I do before storing my mower for the winter?

    Be sure to clean any clumped or stuck clippings from underneath the mower, in the mower deck before putting your lawn mower in storage. Before doing so be sure to consult Frequently Asked Maintenance Question #2

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