Annual Lawn Equipment Maintenance Checklist: Get Ready for Spring

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Annual Lawn Equipment MaintenanceWarm weather is on the way! Time to knock the dust off the lawn equipment that’s been sitting in storage waiting for the seasons to change. Hopefully everything was stored properly in the fall, otherwise we might have a chore on our hands.

To help simplify the maintenance process a little bit, we’ve developed a short checklist to make sure that nothing major gets overlooked. You can even download the file here so that you can physically check off each line item as it gets completed.

Mowers (and other motorized equipment)
1. Re-read the owner’s manual
2. Clean under mower deck
3. Change oil & filter
4. Sharpen/replace blade(s)
5. Change air filter
6. Stabilize fuel if not stored empty
7. Inspect/change spark plug(s)
8. Clean carburetor
9. Check pneumatic tire pressure
10. Replace fuel filter
11. Clean engine cooling fins
12. Clean and lubricate gears

Attachments
1. Re-read the owner’s manual
2. Clean spreaders and sprayers after each use
3. Lubricate wheel bearings and other moving parts
4. Inflate pneumatic tires
5. Tighten any bolts that have worked their way loose
6. Calibrate spreaders
7. Order spares of serviceable parts
8. Straighten or replace damaged aerator spoons/tines
9. Inspect dethatcher tines and safety wire
10. Drain rollers to prevent deformation
11. Inspect sweeper brushes and gears


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Icemaster: 2-Step DIY Snow and Ice Removal

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DIY Snow and Ice Removal

He’s coming. There’s no stopping him. Every year, like clockwork, Jack Frost arrives just in time for the holiday season. His aim? To cover your walkways in a wintery mix of ice, slush, and snow. He wants Grandma to slip and fall, but you’ll be there to stop him…won’t you? This two-phase do-it-yourself snow and ice removal procedure will help save Grandma and make you a hero. So long, Jack. There’s a new icemaster in town.

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16 Ways to Become the MacGyver of Fall Lawn Care

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MacGyver of Fall Lawn Care

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Homeowner How-to: Aerating and Overseeding

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Aerating and Overseeding with Brinly Attachments

Author: Shawn Thomas

Determine the Need for Lawn Aeration
If you have noticed that your turf grass isn’t looking its best or that water has difficulty penetrating through the soil surface, it may be time to aerate your lawn. Clay soils and lawns that bear heavy foot and vehicle traffic are especially notorious for needing aeration as they become compacted over time. Using a shovel, dig a small section of grass about six inches deep and examine. If the grass roots don’t extend further than two inches deep into the soil, your lawn would benefit from aeration.
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