Spring is in the air and that means it's time, once again, to begin the outdoor ritual of: The Mowing of the Lawn. Although it conjures visions of woe and dread, it is something that must be acknowledged, nigh, embraced. However, before you can begin a new year of this annual ritual, you must first be sure that your lawn trimming device is in good working order. Proper lawn care begins in the garage. I am assuming that, as seasoned lawn manicurists, you properly winterized your mower. No? Did you remove the gas and drain the oil? No? Well, here is your chance to redeem yourself in the eyes of Lawn Maintenance Engineers everywhere.
Before tackling the jungle that is your lawn, let's take a few moments to make sure that your mower is healthy and happy. First, make sure that the mower is nice and clean. We don't want last years' weeds infecting this years' lawn. Second, let's get that blade sharpened. Nothing makes a lawn look worse, then to have it torn instead of cut. Third, change the oil. Forth, change ALL the filters: gas and air. Fifth, change the spark plug and make sure it is gaped properly. This will save gas and help extend the life of your $200+ investment. Finally, make sure that your deck is at the proper height (2 and 1/2 to 3 inches).
Now, you are ready to don your Pith Helmet and journey forth into the jungle that is your lawn.