If you haven’t done this yet, the time is now! Failing to properly winterize your lawn mower can result in hundreds of dollars worth of repairs next season. So if you’ve been dragging your feet, you’d better get moving. Even if you’re storing your lawn mower in a garage, shed or basement, you need to winterize it. Don’t worry, though — winterizing your lawn mower is simple and easy. Here’s how you do it…

Add Fuel Stabilizer

You can’t leave gas in your lawn mower during long periods of non-use or else it will gum up your carburetor and cost you hundreds of dollars in repairs next spring. Use the directions on the container to know how much fuel stabilizer to add. Once you add it, run the lawn mower for five minutes.

Check the Spark Plug

Check your spark plug and make sure there’s no corrosion. If there is, you should buy a new spark plug. Before you put the spark plug back into the socket, pour two cap-fulls of engine oil into the opening. Or you could spray some fogging oil in the spark plug opening for a few seconds. After adding your oil or fogging oil, pull the cord a few times. Then, reinstall the spark plug.

Maintaining the Battery

If your lawn mower has a battery, check it for corrosion. Lawn mower batteries don’t charge when you turn the lawn mower on, so you may need to charge the battery periodically to maintain it.

Clear the Blades

If it’s not too cold out, you can hose the deck off and give it a little scrub. If you’ve waited until the onset of winter, it’s going to take a little more elbow grease. Use a bristled scrub brush to clean debris off the deck, then spray it with silicone spray to protect the blades. If the blades are dull, you may need to take them in to get sharpened or replace them.

Some people will advise you do more tasks to winterize your lawn mower, but if you do these basics, you should be ready for spring. For more information, check out this helpful video and this article. If you have more tips, please leave a comment and share this article on Facebook!