How to Winterize Your Lawnmower to Prep it for Next Season

A homeowner prepares his lawnmower for winter through general maintenance.Homeowners have an unsung hero in their lives, one that helps get chores done every week from spring through fall - their lawnmower.

This friend has helped you keep your lawn looking and being healthy. During the summer, taking care of your lawn mower’s blades, oil, and other maintenance ensures that it will be there to help you out. Turning to winter, there are some steps you can take to prepare for next season. Keep reading to learn more about what steps you need to take to winterize your lawnmower so you can start next season with peace of mind.

1. Clear Out the Gas Tank

First things first, let’s clear out the gas tank. You don’t want to leave anything in the tank over the winter. If you do, leftover gas will get stale and stick in the carburetor, sometimes leading to rust. Consider adding a fuel stabilizer to your tank so it can spread throughout your lawn mower’s system. Then siphon out any gas. When the tank is mostly empty, start your mower, and run it until it turns off and won’t start.

2. Disconnect Your Spark Plug

Here at Independent Lawn Service, we like to play it safe to take care of our staff while we take care of our tools. If you feel the same way, disconnect your spark plug. Sometimes a mower will accidentally kick-start. This unexpected starting can seriously hurt anyone around the mower at the time. 

3. Remove the Battery

Next up is the removal of your mower’s battery. Similar to a car, your lawn mower’s battery stores the main electricity. It is good for your mower if you remove and properly store its battery for the winter. Make sure to pick a safe, dry place for your mower away from fuel or heaters. Disconnect any cables or wires from the battery (start with the negative side). Clean the cables, battery, and any connective areas.

Get Professional Help with Your Lawn and Yard this Coming Spring

Keeping your mower in working order isn’t tough, but it is important to do. Make sure to take care of the steps above to ensure your mower will be ready to go when the snow melts and the weather heats up again. When we get to spring, consider Independent Lawn Service for all your yard management. From pest control to reseeding, we can help you have the yard you always wanted. Give us a call today to get on our schedule.

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