Lawn Mower Maintenance Tips

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Top 4 Lawn Mower Maintenance Tips

Do you do your own lawn mowing? If so, it’s important to be able to maintain your mower to ensure you get the best out of it. While the mower can be one your most used garden tools, its maintenance is often neglected. Properly maintaining your lawn mower is not only crucial for keeping it in top condition and working for years to come, but it also improves the quality of grass cutting you can achieve. Regular lawn mower maintenance also helps to enhance the efficiency of your mower, reduce repairs, and decrease carbon emissions.

Check out our lawn mower maintenance tips below and get your mower working like the well-oiled machine it should be.

Oil Change

Just like cars, the engine of your lawn mower needs an oil change. There is no better time than spring to do it. According to experts, you should change the oil of your lawn mower once a year. However, depending on use, some experts recommend changing the oil after 50 hours of usage.

Moreover, you should read the owner’s manual to check which oil you should use. You should also be extra cautious when changing the oil of your lawnmower and it is better to remove the spark plug, so it won’t start accidentally.

When removing the oil, drain into in an empty container by taking out the drain plug. Then, you can change the oil filter. After that, you should refill the tank with new oil. An important tip to keep in mind is that you should never overfill the oil in your mower.

Clean The Air Filter

With regular use, the air filter of your mower gets blocked and dirty which puts extra pressure on the engine. A dirty filter will prevent the mower from working efficiently. This is why it is recommended that you change the air filter annually. All you have to do is take out the filter cover, clean the foam filter and you must replace the paper air filter.

Check The Blades

The blades of your lawn mower are essential for making your lawn mowing experience smooth and hassle-free. The blades can take a beating because of the rocks and other debris that pass through when mowing the lawn. If your blades are blunt, they won’t cut the grass effectively, instead they’ll rip it off, leaving a less than desirable finish to your lawn.

When checking the blades to see if maintenance is required, you should be looking for dents and bends and if the damage looks too severe, you should get the blades replaced.

Sharpening the blades can be done at home, but is a task that requires extra care. So if you don’t feel comfortable doing it, it might be better to get the blades sharpened from a professional at your local lawn mower shop.

Replace the Spark Plugs

Spark plugs are not costly, can be replaced without any trouble and are crucial for the proper functioning of the lawn mower. According to experts, you should change the spark plug every year, however, this would increase with more regular use. Disconnect the wire of the spark plug and take the old spark plug out. Put the new spark plug in place and make sure it’s is not too tight or else it won’t start.

All in all, you can increase the lifespan of your lawn mower by taking proper care of it. You should keep in mind that before you start the maintenance, you should familiarise yourself with the owner’s manual for any additional information specific to your mower. If you’re still a little confused after these lawn mower maintenance tips you can always book tune-up at your local mower shop or call in the professionals at Ready Mowing to take care of your lawn mowing for you!

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4 Great Lawn Mowing Forums

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4 of the Best Lawn Mowing Forums

The great thing about the lawn mowing trade is that no matter whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, there’s always something to learn.

Whilst books and online videos can be helpful, you often can’t beat the knowledge you can gain from engaging with other contractors or enthusiasts.

Now, it’d be great to do this with a cold drink after doing your last lawn for the week, but that’s not always possible and that’s what makes online forums such a great place to get together with others contractors.

We’ve definitely learnt a lot over the years from either participating in or reading countless lawn mowing and lawn care forum threads and posts from around the web.

So we’ve decided to save you a whole lot of time, by listing the best lawn mowing forums from around the web. Check them out below:

Independent Lawn Mowing Contractors of Australia Forum

Every contractor with an Internet connection has probably stumbled across the Independent Lawn Mowing forum at some point in time. Many of the discussions contained on this site are worth their wait in gold to newbies, as well as more experienced professionals. Topics discussed include everything from lawn care tips, advice for those starting out, help with marketing and even a thread titled “The National Public Toilet Map”, which I’m sure every contractor has needed at some point in time. So if you’ve got a question about the business (and it hasn’t already been asked – don’t forget to search first) this is a great place to ask for advice, especially for those based in Australia like us.

Lawn Club

This Australian site is another favourite of ours. This independent Aussie lawn and garden contractors community, has many active users sharing a wealth of valuable experience and information for other contractors to absorb. Discussions include tips for doing the job, finding clients, buying the right gear and more. There is also a host of helpful articles available free for Lawn Club members, so once you’re done browsing and participating in the forums check them out!

Lawn Mower Forum

The Lawn Mower Forum is a very popular site from the US of A and is a great hub for lawn mowing professionals and enthusiasts alike to come together and discuss lawn care, maintenance and landscaping. It features many discussions about both commercial and residential lawn mowing, with countless tips shared by members of its community. Whether you’re unsure how to treat a particular issue with your grass or you need advice on the correct height or cutting technique when using the mower, this is the place for you.

Lawn Site

The forum over at Lawn Site is another great place to read about life as a lawn care pro. Whilst, this site is also based in the United States, much of the advice, especially that regarding the day to day running of a lawn care business, applies to contractors in Australia and the United Kingdom too. The ‘Starting a Lawn Care Business section is a great resource and the “Do’s and Don’ts tips for the new guy” thread is the perfect place to start. This thread was created way back in 2001 and now has over 800,000 views and hundreds of awesome tips from those working in the industry.

But before you rush off and check out all these great new resources, don’t forget your forum etiquette. Once registered, make a comment to introduce yourself and say “hi”, most importantly and always remember to search for a topic before asking, in case it has been covered previously. This is important if you wish to avoid the wrath of other forumites, however don’t let it deter you from participating conversations!

We hope you enjoy these sites and if you know of one we’ve missed send it our way and we’ll check it out.

If this all a little too much for you, that’s cool! Why not give us a call and let us take care of your lawn and garden.

 

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Best Lawn Care YouTube Videos

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The Best Lawn Care YouTube Channels

Like most people we enjoy watching YouTube clips in our downtime. But while many enjoy watching random viral content like cat videos, we stay true to our roots and love checking out lawn care and garden maintenance videos from across web (and the world).

These vary in style from simple how to videos, to people sharing tips about running their own business, and it’s always great to learn some new tricks of the trade and see how other people do things.

So here’s a selection of our favourite gardening and lawn care YouTube channels to check out:

Lawn Care Life

Jason Creel is lawn care pro from Alabama in the United States who has amassed a whopping 17,000 subscribers to his YoutTube channel Lawn Care Life. Jason has well-presented and informative videos on everything from how to edge with a line trimmer, gear reviews and recommendations and a heap of advise for those starting out in the business and seasoned professionals alike.

Ambro’s Landscaping Inc

Ambro’s Landscaping is led by Jason Ambro from Washington, USA. These guys have super slick video production and hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube thanks to their great content. Clips include hedge trimming tips, gear reviews, Q&A sessions and the awesome series of videos on the Edgit-Pro line trimmer attachment for edging the lawn more efficiently. This is a great channel to learn from when starting out and also for deciding on what gear you need in your kit.

Your Lawn And Garden

Flying the flag for the Aussies is Sydney lawn care expert Gerry Faehrmann and his Your Lawn And Garden channel. Gerry has been in the game a long time and has some awesome tips tailored to Australian lawn conditions. His extensive collection of videos includes helpful tips for getting rid of weeds (including Bindii), identifying grass types, fertilising as well as some pro lawn mowing tips. His channel is a great resource and a must for both homeowners and contractors in Australia.

We hope you liked our list of YouTube lawn care and gardening channels. If you have any recommendations for us please leave them below in the comments and we’ll check them out as soon as possible.

If you’d like to leave the lawn care and garden maintenance to the professionals, give us a call today or schedule a service online in seconds!

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Ready Mowing is a lawn mowing and gardening service based in Sydney, Australia and we do things a little differently. Unlike traditional mowing services that require on-site quotes and numerous phone calls to make a booking, we simplify the process, allowing you to book a trusted lawn care professional online in seconds.

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Common Australian Lawn Weeds

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Common Australian Lawn Weeds

Having a healthy and vibrant lawn can really improve your quality of life. Your children will love playing on it, your home will be more enjoyable to live in, and it will increase the value of your property. Having a healthy lawn can also reduce local air pollution, dissipate heat and reduce road noise.

Unfortunately, maintaining a healthy lawn does require some work! Good lawn care involves regular fertilisation, mowing, aeration, and weeding. Because lawn maintenance is so labour intensive, most people turn to a professional lawn care service like Ready Mowing. Our expert lawn care specialists can turn your lawn into a work of art!

This guide will discuss some of the most common weeds found in Australian lawns. Then, we’ll explain some of the approaches that can be used to tackle them.

Bindii (Soliva pterosperma)
Bindii (pronounced Bindi-eye) is a common weed found in many Australian backyards. It can quickly change your backyard from a pleasant space into a booby-trapped nightmare! Bindii can be particularly annoying if you have small children who want to play on your lawn.

Bindii is a low-growing weed that can be difficult to detect in its early stages. While the weed is green it is entirely harmless to walk on and you may not even notice it in your lawn. By the time Summer has arrived, the bindii on your lawn will begin to die off, releasing the painful little seeds that get stuck in your foot.

Fortunately, removing bindii from your yard is simple. One simple method is to manually pull them out with a hand tool. This type of manual wedding should be performed in late Autumn or Winter, when the bindii is still green. Weeding is best done after it has rained, as the soil is softer. Your lawn mowing service can undertake this type of weeding for you.

Herbicides containing MCPA and Dicamba are also very effective at killing bindii. Products with these chemicals can kill a range of broad leaf weeds without negatively impacting your lawn. They work by disrupting the plant’s growth processes.

Because bindii prefers tightly compacted soil aeration can also be useful. Finally, asking your lawn mowing service to mow your grass at a higher level will reduce the amount of bindii you have. Mowing it higher makes your grass more competitive against flat weeds like bindii.

Clover

While finding four leaf clovers can be a fun game for your children, this weed can eventually spoil the look of your lawn. As it dies off, it becomes quite unsightly and its flowers usually attract hordes of bees — which can be a problem if you have small children.

Clover is quite easy to identify. It has small green leaves with circular markings. These leaves sit on top of thin stems. Clover eventually produces small white flowers that attract pollinating insects. This weed can actually be beneficial in some areas of a garden, but ruins the look of a lawn.

Your lawn mowing service can remove clover by hand or use a herbicide. In Couch lawns, clover can be treated with herbicides containing Bentazone and Dicamba. Bromoxynil works well in Buffalo lawns.

Dandelion (Taraxacum)

Dandelion is another very common sight on Australian lawns. Despite it being considered a weed by most people, it can be beneficial when used in certain parts of the garden. It can bring up nutrients in the deeper levels of the soil and attracts pollinating insects. Unfortunately, it can spoil the look of a lawn and should be eliminated through weeding and other lawn care practices.

With its large flat leaves, yellow flowers, and white seed pods, dandelion is very easy to spot. It can be eradicated with manual weeding or by using a selective herbicide. Couch lawns can use products with Bentazone and Dicamba, while Buffalo lawns should use herbicides with Bromoxynil.

Cudweed
Unlike Dandelion, Cudweed has no positive attributes! This unsightly weed is fairly easy to identify due to its flat and shiny leaves. The leaves have a rosetta shape and the plant can produce small flowers on its stems. In many cases, the easiest way to remove Cudweed is by weeding because its leaves are resistant to herbicides. Herbicides can be made more effective by adding detergent to the solution.

Creeping Oxalis (Oxalis corniculata)

Creeping Oxalis can sometimes be mistaken for Clover, because the two plants look similar and grow in similar conditions. It is a creeping plant that can create new roots wherever its stems touch the ground. It is also a very fast moving plant that can invade a lawn in a matter of weeks. It tends to be more common in couch lawns, because healthy buffalo grass can smother it.

It is a difficult plant to remove via manual weeding because of its fine stem and small leaves. The best approach is to spray it with Bromoxynil (Couch lawns) or Bentazone and Dicamba (Buffalo lawns).

Nutgrass (Cyperus rotundus)
Nutgrass is one of the toughest weeds to handle, because it grows from a tuber beneath the soil. Get enough tiny nutgrass tubers mixed in with your soil and you will have a tough time removing them from your lawn.

The easiest way to eradicate them is with a strong dose of herbicides containing Glysophate, however these products will also damage your lawn. A herbicide product called Sempra can also be used to selectively kill nutgrass and it is safe to use on lawns with couch or buffalo grass. Multiple treatments may be required to rid your lawn of nutgrass.

How Ready Mowing can help!

Ready Mowing is an experienced lawn mowing and gardening service based in Sydney, Australia. We are experts in lawn care and can take care of any weed infestation that your lawn is suffering from!

Unlike other lawn mowing services, we are very responsive to the requirements of our customers. We also make the booking process very simple, allowing clients to hire a lawn care professional online in just a few seconds.

If your lawn needs some urgent attention, feel free to call us on 1300 439 022 or book online now!

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5 great reasons to hire a lawn mowing service in Sydney

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5 great reasons to hire a lawn mowing service

With the busy lifestyles we lead in this day and age, it can be hard to fit household chores into the equation. Between friends, family, work and our hobbies, it really can be difficult to find the time to do things like mowing the lawn and maintaining your garden. On top of that, not everyone has the necessary equipment to get the job done and items such as lawn mowers and whipper snippers don’t come cheap. And that’s without taking into account the ongoing maintenance these items require.

Luckily, there are other options out there such as lawn mowing services who provide fully equipped and insured professionals to take care of the hard work for you. If that’s not enough here are four great reasons to hire a lawn mowing service in Sydney:

It saves you time!

One of the main reasons to hire a lawn care service is the fact that it’ll save you time. As mentioned, it can be hard to fit everyday chores into our busy lifestyles and often things like garden maintenance are the first to be neglected. A lawn mowing service can save you time, but not all services are created equal.

For example, many services require several phone calls and an on site inspection prior to commencing work. This can drag the process out and end of taking longer than it would to do get around to doing it yourself. Luckily, some companies now provide hassle-free online booking, which takes the pain out of scheduling a service.

And the best part is you don’t even have to be home when they mow the lawn, saving you time and allowing you to focus on more important things.

Cost

Cost is another key factor to consider when hiring a lawn care service. Whilst the cost of a service can appear high on first inspection, once you take into consideration the high costs of supplies (weed control, fertiliser, fuel), equipment (mower, blower) and ongoing maintenance, hiring a professional starts to make a lot more sense. Especially when you can hire a lawn mowing service for as low as $59, with many providers offering recurring discounts to regular customers, which brings the cost down even further.

Expertise

Some homeowners are very invested in their lawn and garden, but most people have very limited knowledge of these areas. That’s where the expertise of a experienced professional comes in. In many cases this is both there day job and there passion and the on the job knowledge they’ve acquired over the years can prove invaluable when caring for the most troubled of lawns. Hiring the expertise of a lawn mowing company can really take your garden to the next level, allowing you to enjoy it more and be the envy of your local neighbourhood.

Liability and insurance

Any lawn mowing service worth their salt will be fully insured for the rare occasion that any damage or injury occurs. This allows you as the customer to rest easy, knowing liability for any potential issues rests with the given company or contractor.
However, there are a few reckless contractors out there that operate without insurance. It is highly recommended that you avoid these services, as while they may offer cheaper rates, if anything goes wrong you’re likely to be left footing the bill. Therefore, it’s important to ensure you hire a fully insured lawn mowing service for your peace of mind.

Interested in hiring a lawn mowing services in Sydney? Book a reliable, fully equipped and insured professional today from Ready Mowing and start enjoying your spare time again!

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Ready Mowing is a lawn mowing and gardening service based in Sydney, Australia and we do things a little differently. Unlike traditional mowing services that require on-site quotes and numerous phone calls to make a booking, we simplify the process, allowing you to book a trusted lawn care professional online in seconds.

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