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How To Maintain Your Lawn Mower During Winter

As the weather is getting colder and the days are getting darker sooner, you’re most likely preparing your gardening tools for winter storage. One piece of garden equipment that is most often forgotten during this process is your lawn mower.

When it comes to storing your lawn mower away for winter, some gardeners make the mistake of simply leaving their lawn mower outside or storing it back in the shed without any proper cleaning or maintenance. Unfortunately, this often turns out to be a costly mistake as it could result in damage and in some cases lead to you having to buy a new lawn mower altogether. 

So, with the winter months just around the corner, we’ve put together our top tips to help you maintain and store your lawn mower.

Get it cleaned up 

A lawn mower can truly last a long time, as long as it’s maintained properly. One of the most important ways in which your lawn mower can be preserved during the winter period is by making sure you give it a good clean. This not only helps to protect your lawn mower from rusting, but it also ensures your mower looks fresh and new again when you’re ready to use it next spring. 

Before you start the cleaning process, make sure your lawn mower is completely switched off and has no source of power. Start by emptying the collection bag, then brush away mud and leaves and remove any leftover grass - especially under the deck of the mower where grass can be impacted and hardened. A stiff brush will help you clean those tricky-to-reach parts, and don’t forget to clean and wipe down the blades, too!

Drain the fuel

If you have a petrol lawn mower, you’ll need to make sure you empty or drain the fuel before storing your mower away for winter. Leaving fuel in the tank can cause your mower’s engine to get clogged. Over time, fuel becomes stale and loses its combustibility and this can cause problems when you try to start your lawn mower again. Always buy fresh premium fuel in the spring - don’t sore your petrol over the winter.

Draining the tank is the safest option for maintaining your lawn mower and keeping it in great condition. However, please note that you may need a siphon hose to drain the fuel effectively.

Remove the battery

If you have a cordless lawn mower, you’ll need to make sure you remove the battery from the mower and fully charge it before storing it for winter. The battery should be stored out of the machine and indoors in a cool and dry place. It is a good idea to give it a clean or wipe with a dry cloth before storing.

Store in the right place

When it comes to maintaining your lawn mower over the winter period, it’s important to store it in the right place. The best place to store your lawn mower is inside a weather-tight garage or shed. Make sure the location is dry, where there is no chance of moisture, to prevent your lawn mower from rusting. To add an extra layer of protection, you could cover your mower with an old cloth or a waterproof tarpaulin. 

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