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A Quick Guide to lawn mower repair

How to replace the membrane on the mower

When the old mower pulls poor, chokes, doesn’t have enough strength, consumes too much fuel, and the spark is all black, it is a sign that it gets too much fuel and the mixture is too rich with the oil. This is caused by a worn-out membrane in the carburetor.

With a small amount of money, and just a little effort, you can replace the membrane and do the lawn mower repair by yourself, and the old mower will work like new.

Lawn Mower Repair

The first thing you need to do is to disconnect the air filter and wash it in gasoline, dry it out and put little engine oil on it. Then remove the carburetor and the tank, because usually, this is the only way that you can reach the membrane. Once you reach the membrane, remove it, and take it to the store or a service. Buy one just like it, put it in the place you found it and assemble the mower in reverse order.

How to sharpen a knife mower

If the blade is badly damaged or worn out, replace it. If it’s just dull, sharpen it. The knife can be easily removed with a conventional wheel removal key. Here you will need the help of another person. One person has to wear gloves, and hold the knife while the other person uses the wheel key for unscrewing the screw that holds the knife.

Basically, the direction of releasing the screw is exactly the same as the direction of rotation of the blade and it will again determine the best position of the blade. Sharpening the blade will easily be done by grabbing the knife in a vice and with an angle grinder.

Please note that it is necessary to keep the angle of the blade which is already determined.

After sharpening, put the knife on the pen and make sure that everything is in balance. If any party prevails, have that side sharpened again, until you remove enough material to achieve balance. A knife that is not balanced will create a large and very dangerous vibrations, which can destroy the mower, but there is also a danger of injury.

How to change the oil in the mower

Before each mowing season, change the oil in the mower. Before changing the oil, turn the mower on, and let the engine warm up. Place the mower in such a position to have access from below…

  • From below you should see the sump cap.Lawn Mower Change Oil
  • Place a container for the used oil under the plug hole.
  • Unscrew the plug completely and drain the oil.
  • After all waste oil has leaked, screw the cap back.
  • Find the plug in the control of the oil filler.
  • Unscrew the plug.
  • Select motor oil, medium quality will do just fine.
  • Pour carefully, do not pour too much, check the factory prescribed measures.
  • Check the oil level measuring stick on cap

Now you are ready for another season of lawn mowing.

The Top 5 lawn care tips for a greener garden

Whenever you look at your neighbor’s garden, you can’t help but think the grass is always greener. The following are top five lawn care tips for a greener garden.

Lawn Mower

  1. Keep blades raised and sharp

The blades should be kept raised and sharp. The grass will turn brown when cut with a dull blade, therefore putting your lawn at risk for heat stress and diseases. It is very easy to sharpen a blade. First, you should make sure that the cap is tightly screwed and the gas tank is empty.

Tip the lawn mower on its side and disconnect the spark plug wire. Remove the blade using a wrench and take a mill file held at 40 to 45 degrees to sharpen the edge and to smooth out the damage. Make sure that the blade is adjusted to the top position to ensure that you have avoided cutting the grass at a low level. Cutting the grass at low level will lop off the energy that produces top growth.

  1. Know the PH of the soil

Certain soils and grasses are better suited to more acidic and alkaline conditions. You can take a soil sample and take it to a cooperative extension service soil lab to test the PH or you can use a DIY kit for a rough estimate. It is possible to adjust the PH of the soil.

An addition of alkaline lime may be required to lower the PH of acidic soil with a high concentration of clay. Add organic material such a peat moss to lower the PH of moderately alkaline soils. Soils with extremely high PH should be amended with iron sulfate or with Sulphur.

  1. Fertilize at the right rate

The speed at which you walk behind a fertilizer spreader helps to determine if the chemical is applied at the necessary rate. When you walk too fast, the fertilizer will be overspread and the chemical will not spread evenly as needed.

When you walk too slowly and fail to spread enough, this will give you poor results. The application rate which is considered suitable is 2 to 3.5 pounds per 1000 square feet. To measure a pound or two, check by using a kitchen scale.

  1. Understand fertilizer chemistry

Fall fertilization is more important compared to spring fertilization. To promote subsequent spring root growth and winter nutrient storage, fall lawn fertilizer contains high levels of potassium. Spring fertilizer may consist of 30-3-4 NPK ratio while fall fertilizer may have a ratio of 22-3-14. Nitrogen promotes chlorophyll formation and growth.

All lawn fertilizers contain high levels of nitrogen particularly prominent in summer/spring blends. Phosphorous is used to establish the roots of grass that are grown from seed. If you are not establishing seeds, you should buy a low or no phosphorous fertilizer.

Promote the growth of aquatic weeds. Potassium contributes to stress resistance, heat and cold tolerance and overall plant health. When combined with nitrogen, potassium helps the plants form carbohydrates.

  1. Watch the water

A lawn needs about an inch of water weekly to maintain lawn care tips for a greener garden. A sprinkler can help to keep the lawn lush, rather than to water frequently and lightly.

You should water early in the day since watering later will leave a wet grass canopy which is conducive to fungal growth.

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