We’ve all heard that old saying “The grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence,” and that is so true! When it comes to lawn care, not all things are created equal. But it is possible to level the playing field with regular maintenance.
If you have a zero turn mower like us, you know how much work it saves you. Mowing a one acre homestead with a push mower would take all day, but with the zero turn it only takes about an hour. So we treat the zero turn with the love and respect it deserves through mower maintenance mania.
To keep this machine fine tuned and working hard for us, there are certain things that we do regularly. Now, this isn’t the fun part but it keeps us rolling all year long! Sharpening blades, cleaning the deck, changing the oil and filter, changing the air filter and, of course, keeping the gas tank full are the very basics required for any riding mower.
Sharpening blades requires certain specifications be followed. What type of mower you have will determine exactly how to sharpen those blades so be sure to read your manual for the details. Sharp blades and a clean deck will prevent the lawn from looking like a hay field after mowing and can save you gas.
Our zero turn is worth its weight in gold so we are vigilant about changing the oil and filter and checking the air filter. This helps extend the life of the mower and reduces major mechanical issues to near zero. Be sure to check with your local Woods dealer about recycling that used oil.
Well, I’m off to mow the grass and play in the yard. See you next time!