As of Wednesday, May 16, 2018
It’s sunny, it’s raining – sometimes in the same day. Yet, we’re already out there, working in the yard to keep up with the spring growth busting out all over. The lawn is our first plan of attack, so before you get too far along, make sure your mower is up to the task.
If you’ve yet to get the mower out, the first thing is change out that gas. It only takes 30 days for the gas in your mower to start breaking down, and that can harm your engine. Remove that gas with a siphon and fill the tank with new fuel.
Better yet, for outdoor equipment, the recommendation is to use ethanol-free gas to avoid engine damage and costly repairs.
And while you’re at it, check the oil. Make sure it’s the right kind, according to the manual. New oil helps ensure your engine runs smoothly and helps prevent overheating. Get in there, too and either clean or replace the spark plug and air filter. Likely none of this was done before you stored the mower away for the winter, so don’t let last season’s use accumulate on your mower, causing you problems this year.
It’s true: A dull lawnmower blade rips and tears blades of grass in your lawn, making them prone to disease and discoloration. Sharpen that blade to promote a greener, fuller and healthier lawn.
Need supplies? Advice? Our staff is ready to assist you at Green Acres Nursery in Grangeville, 208-983-0355, www.lindsleysgreenacres.com, and like us on Facebook.