Lawn mowing season will soon be in high gear and a few safety preparations before starting the mower will help prevent many unexpected breakdowns and accidents. The checklist should include a thorough inspection of all mower parts.
Once the mowing operation begins operate the mower at safe speeds and always mow with the discharge chute pointed away from people, pets, traffic, etc. Never ever allow children to ride on mowers with you. Always shut off the engine and allow it to cool before refueling. And finally, once the chore is complete and the engine has cooled, clean the deck from clippings to prevent rust and corrosion.
Published March 28, 2011
Dr. Wayne Wells is an Extension Professor and Turfgrass Specialist. His mailing address is Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Mail Stop 9555, Mississippi State, MS 39762. firstname.lastname@example.org