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Tips for Commercial Lawn Mower Maintenance

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Once you have your own commercial lawn mower, it can be easy to forget about or avoid maintaining it. However, keeping up with commercial lawn mower maintenance and cleaning does not have to take too long or require much effort. You can greatly improve the quality and life of your commercial lawn mower with these easy steps.

Pay Attention to the Air Filter

The air filter in your commercial mower needs special attention and care as it has an important job. In a properly working mower, it will take in air from the top, push it through the filter, and release air at the bottom. This allows all the dirt and debris sucked in with the air to be deposited at the top of the filter. Without the filer, the dirt will travel through the foam layers of the mower, stopping the mower from functioning properly.

Check and clean the air filter with these methods:

1. Clean the filter by first brushing off the dirt with your hands. Then wash the filter with soap and water – dish soap works best. Dry as best you can with paper towels, and let it air dry in the sun.

2. Re-oil it after cleaning to ensure that the dirt remains trapped in the filter. You can do this by taking a Ziploc bag of oil and submerging the filter in it. Work the oil into the filter by squeezing the outside of the bag. Take the filter out and remove excess oil with a paper towel and place it back inside the lawn mower.

Clean the Underside of the Mower

Every day, you should check and clean the underside of the lawn mower deck – or at least after every use. This is very important to do because this area of the lawn mower gets very dirty quickly. As you mow the grass, dirt and grass clippings stick to the underside of the mower deck. If you don’t clean it regularly, the layers of grass and dirt will accumulate, causing the deck to rust and reducing the quality of air flow.

To clean it without removing the deck from the mower, use a method to lift the mower, like a jack stand or forklift. Then wipe off the dirt and debris with a scraper or putty knife. Avoid scraping too hard. If you routinely clean the deck, it should be easy and painless to clean it.

Sharpen the Blades

If your lawn mower has dull blades, it will tear the grass rather than cut it. When grass is torn, the ends will become jagged and turn brown – even if you are watering your lawn adequately. So, it is important to sharpen the cutting blades at least three times a year.

You can sharpen them yourself using a jack stand to prop the mower on its side. Then remove the spark plug (to prevent the motor from starting) and use a wrench to remove the nut that secures the blade to the mower. Gently remove the blade and sharpen using a file or grindstone. When you are finished, put the blade back on the mower.

Check Tire Pressure

Just like your car’s tires, your mower’s tires will need to be checked too. Because this is the simplest type of commercial lawn mower, it can easily be overlooked. However, you want to make sure to check the tire pressure regularly as lower pressure leads to a more unbalanced cut.

Run the Engine Efficiently

This means to run the engine at right RPMS (revolutions per minute). Every mower has a different optimal RPM, so make sure to check the handbook. Running the mower at the right RPM will drastically improve the cut.

Lawnscape has been serving Southern California since 1979. We service turf and ground cover areas, caring for both professionals and homeowners alike. Our fertilization, weed, insect and disease control services will ensure that the grass will always be greener on your lawn.

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Treating Fleas and Ticks in Your Yard

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Flea and tick season is upon us, with the warmer weather certainly bringing about these pests to your yard. However, they are not too hard to eliminate from your home! With a few, easy methods, you can get rid of fleas and ticks in your yard before they have the chance to pester your family and your pets.

Trim Your Lawn

Make sure the lawn in your backyard is the right height. If it’s too long, it makes it easier for fleas and ticks to hide and lurk in the tall stalks. By mowing your lawn regularly, you can ensure that your lawn height remains short enough to prevent teas and ticks from hiding in it. However, make sure the grass isn’t too short as you want to attract spiders and ants – a flea’s biggest predators.

Avoid Overwatering

Make sure to water your lawn properly, giving it enough water to thrive but no so much that it remains wet or flooded throughout the day. Fleas and ticks in your yard prefer a moist environment, so too much water will definitely attract these bugs to your yard. Aerating your lawn may also help if you are having a drainage issue.

Clean Up

Like most pests, fleas and ticks thrive in a messy, dirty environment. These types of environments produce a number of different hiding areas for fleas and ticks to lay eggs. Make sure to remove any piles of lumber, bricks or stones. Pick up any trash, discarded pots, gardening items and any other debris around the back yard. When the growing season is over, make sure to clean up your garden and properly stow and tools that will not be used in the near future.

Treat your pets with preventative medication

One of the best ways to prevent ticks and fleas is to treat your pets with preventative flea and tick medicine. These pests can easily hitch a ride on your dog or cat from an outside area and bring them into your home. The cost of these preventative medications easily pay off by saving your home from the invaders.

Clean the Pet Area

As mentioned before, fleas and ticks can easily enter your home and backyard by your pets. Regularly clean everything in your pet’s areas, like the dog’s bed and kennel, wiping down surfaces and vacuuming floors. Remember that flea larvae remain with 50 feet of your pet’s hangout areas, so make sure to clean the surrounding areas. And if you suspect that your pet has fleas or ticks, immediately clean their area after you treat them.

Protect Your Home

You can create a barrier around your home to protect it from fleas and ticks with a perimeter treatment. A perimeter treat is usually an insecticide specifically designed to create a barrier, stopping pests before they get into your home. They can be used on solid surfaces, like brick and concrete, as well as on soil and plant material.

Use Cedar

Did you know that cedar mulch can effectively repel fleas and ticks? It’s a great natural and chemical free way to combat these bugs. You can use it border pet areas and along the edge of your property to create a barrier.

Invite Predators

Fleas and ticks in your yard have natural predators, like spiders and other larger insects. You should make your backyard more appealing to these predators by incorporating their favorite plants in your yard and keeping your lawn height at a good level.

Keep Out Wildlife

Depending on where you live, gophers, squirrels, rabbits, rodents, deer and other wildlife may be sneaking onto your property. In addition to other annoyances these pests can cause, they can also bring fleas and ticks into your yard. Make sure you are taking action to repel these creatures as well.

Lawnscape has been serving Southern California since 1979. We service turf and ground cover areas, caring for both professionals and homeowners alike. Our fertilization, weed, insect and disease control services will ensure that the grass will always be greener on your lawn.

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