To maintain a healthy, green lawn all summer, it’s important to check your mower blade every few weeks to make sure it’s sharp and free of damage. This is will help keep your grass healthy by cutting cleanly, making it easier for the plants to recover. In most cases, a lawn mower blade can be sharpened several times before it has to be replaced, and it’s relatively inexpensive to buy a new one.
For a typical homeowner, the mower’s blade will need to be sharpened at the beginning and middle of the mowing season. If you have an exceptionally large yard or you mow over any debris like branches, toys, glass or metal, your blade may need extra sharpening, or you may need to replace it during the season. If you notice your mower blade has become very thin and weak, replace it immediately. Over time, the metal can weaken as it’s eroded by dirt, sand and other debris from your yard. This can cause the blade to break while you’re mowing, possibly injuring people nearby if pieces of metal fly out of the mower.
After you mow, take a look at your lawn. If you see missed patches or uneven spots, a dull mower blade could be to blame. A sharp lawn mower blade will cut the grass at the same height in one pass. Another sign is if the grass blades are torn at the ends. A sharpened mower blade will cut the grass cleanly, while a dull blade tears it. This can damage your lawn’s health and even cause it to turn from green to brown.
Of course, you should also inspect the mower blade itself. Look for inconsistencies, dents and chips in the cutting edge. Many of these imperfections can be smoothed out with regular sharpening, but if there are larger nicks or it’s bent, the blade will need to be replaced.
Whether you have a riding or push mower, check your owner’s manual before starting any repairs or maintenance. This is especially important if it’s under warranty, because it may require you to have the work done by a professional.
Before starting any work on your mower, be sure to remove the spark plug. This will prevent it from accidentally starting on its own.
If you’d rather just replace your mower blade, or you’d rather have a professional take care of the sharpening for you, contact Rental Ranch in Wichita at 316-838-4211.