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Spring Lawn Mower Prep and Essential Tips for Maintenance

Introduction: Greetings, fellow lawn caretakers of the Palouse and LC Valley. As the snow melts away and spring buds begin to bloom, it's time to gear up for another season of lawn care. One of the most critical tasks to tackle? Preparing your trusty mower for the months ahead. In this guide, tailored specifically to our unique region, we'll walk you through essential maintenance steps and emphasize the importance of using non-ethanol fuel to keep your lawn looking its best all season long.

1. Clean and Inspect: Start your mower prep by giving it a thorough cleaning to remove any winter debris and grime. Check and clean the air filter or replace if needed. Pay close attention to the underside of the deck and around the blade area. Inspect the blades for nicks, dullness, or other signs of wear and tear. Sharpen or replace them as needed to ensure a clean, efficient cut.

2. Check the Fuel: For optimal performance and longevity, it's crucial to use non-ethanol fuel in your mower, especially in our region's climate. Ethanol-blended fuels can lead to corrosion and engine deposits, particularly in small engines like those found in lawn mowers. Non-ethanol fuel provides a cleaner burn and helps prevent damage to your engine, ensuring reliable operation season after season.

3. Change the Oil: Regular oil changes are vital for keeping your mower's engine running smoothly, even in our cooler climate. Drain the old oil and replace it with fresh, high-quality oil suitable for small engines. Be sure to check the manufacturer's recommendations for the correct oil type and viscosity for your mower. When draining the old oil, pay attention to the oil and keep an eye out for any unusual signs, things like metallic flakes or milky color that could be a sign of another issue that needs addressed.

4. Inspect Belts and Cables: Take a close look at the belts and cables on your mower to ensure they're in good condition and free from damage. Check for signs of cracking, fraying, or wear, particularly after the long winter months. Replace any worn-out parts to prevent unexpected breakdowns and ensure safe operation while mowing. When dealing with belts, be sure the mower is turned off and is secured, belts and pulleys can cause injuries if you are not careful.

5. Adjust the Height and Blade: As you prepare to start mowing for the season, adjust the cutting height and blade alignment on your mower to suit the needs of your lawn in our region. Different grass types and growing conditions may require adjustments to achieve the optimal cutting height for a healthy and well-maintained lawn in our area. We typically recommend 3" as a starting point, always start higher than you think you may need and adjust down as needed. Adjusting your cutting height too low to start can cause damage to your mower blade and lawn.

Conclusion: With these essential tips, your mower will be ready to tackle the unique challenges of lawn care in North Idaho and Eastern Washington. From cleaning and inspecting to using non-ethanol fuel, proper maintenance ensures your mower will provide reliable performance and help you achieve a lush, green lawn. If you have any questions or need assistance with your lawn care needs, don't hesitate to reach out to your local experts. Here's to a season of beautiful lawns and outdoor enjoyment in our stunning region!

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