How to Store and Winter-Proof Your Outdoor Power Equipment Properly

A pre-winter check and tune-up can do wonders to the health and upkeep of your Parkland outdoor power equipment. Good maintenance of your lawn equipment can help you save a great deal on repairs and keep you from having to look at a new lawn mower to buy every time your machine fails to survive the cold weather. Here are some tips on keeping your outdoor power equipment in the best shape through winter:

 

  • To help your Parkland outdoor power equipment recover from the abuse it went through during the warmer months, it’s good to do some end of season upkeep to make sure that all of its parts are kept in top shape and working condition, even as they go into hibernation for the entirety of the cold season. Before storing your equipment for the winter, it is important that you replace spark plugs, check upon the air filters, change oil, and apply some elbow grease to its grimy recesses. All these can help ensure that your equipment will rev up with a single pull of the cord the next time you need them.

  • Emptying the gas tank before winter rolls is critical because unused gas that is left sitting in your mower can get stale and gum up your machine’s carburettor. This invite rust, which is cancer to your Parkland outdoor power equipment. Remember to disconnect the machine’s spark plug before doing any other maintenance checks and performing routine cleaning on your lawn mower so as to prevent it from accidentally kick-starting, which may lead to very serious injury.

  • It is also important to clean the under carriage of your mower with a wire brush or a putty knife so remnants of grass and mud won’t damage your mower deck while in storage. By keeping the nooks and crannies of your mower clean, you prevent rust, while also clearing out the passageways of the machine.

  • Changing the air filter for your Parkland outdoor equipment is also an important step in any routine upkeep. Dirty and clogged air filter keeps your engine from burning fuel efficiently. When air is restricted, proper combustion is difficult to achieve. Replace paper filter or wash out a sponge filter with soap and water to help clear out air passageways. This will help your machine rev up more quickly the next time you take it out for a run.

  • Finally, replace the spark plug to keep the machine running in its top performance.

Can Hedge Trimmers Cut Through Fountain Grasses?

Fountain grasses (also called pennisetum) are mound-forming ornamental grasses that look great and are easy to care for. This plant’s cascading leaves form a fountain-like appearance, thus its name. They grow in clumps or mounds so they don’t become invasive. This evergreen perennial can add much needed interest and texture to your landscaping and can be used alone as specimen plants or as borders, alongside other perennials. Worried about maintenance? Don’t be. The right petrol hedge trimmers make it very easy to maintain fountain grasses. Trimmers and be purchased online from stores that also sell lawn mowers Australia.

The wonderful thing about fountain grasses is that they don’t need regular cutting back. You only really need to trim them if they have sustained damage or if you notice some of the blades starting to turn brown. High quality petrol hedge trimmers (which you can buy from leading manufacturers and suppliers of lawn mowers Australia) are more than up to the task of trimming fountain grasses.

 

Petrol powered hedge trimmers feature toothed or serrated blades, which are highly suitable for cutting through this type of plant. Be careful, though—make sure that the grass doesn’t get stuck to the blade, because this can prevent the blade from cutting properly. When used incorrectly, the blades might also end up pulling and shredding the grass instead of cutting right through it.

 

If this becomes a problem, try using a handheld electric trimmer instead. It will still present the same binding problems that a larger petrol powered hedge trimmer does, but it will be easier to control. A smaller trimmer may make more even cuts.

 

It’s normal for the fountain grass to look a bit haggard after cutting. Don’t worry—it should grow back quickly and become thicker than ever. Any uneven cuts will be covered right up. That said, if you really want to avoid the haggard look, forgo the trimmer altogether and use handheld hedging shears instead. A high quality one can slice through the grass blades with ease.

 

Here’s a final tip: Cut your fountain grass back only when it is dormant. Make sure that all warm months are over. Autumn is a good time to do this. If you really want to be on the safe side, wait until spring, when frost season is over and has no chance of kill off new growth. For the best rejuvenation, cut your fountain grass back to between six and ten inches from the ground.

The History of Zero-Turn Mowers

Zero-Turn mowers are favourites among landscapers and homeowners. They offer the convenience of reaching out to the uncut areas at the end of your yard. With their extensive cutting decks and exceptional cutting speed, they swirl on their axis to ensure no part is left untrimmed for that perfect look. With a Zero-turn Mower and its leading technology, you can swiftly mow around trees and paths with absolute ease and confidence.

There’s a wide variety of established Zero-Turn lawnmowers in Australia including the Parklander and GrasshopperChallenger series from Parklands.

Get the edge on your lawn care with a Zero-Turn mower that comes with the follow attributes

  • Permanency –a sturdy frame and a powerful engine that won’t let you down. This combination will allow you to handle the gravest mowing with ease.
  • Driver Comfort – A lawnmower that is designed for operator comfort is a good pick. Go for the foam-cushioned mowers with shock absorbing footrests, which will offer the driver comfort while mowing
  • Wide Rear Wheels – Wide rear wheels apply less pressure on the lawn surface. Thus the grass is flattened less which makes it more convenient to cut.  The larger footprint gives a better ride and is safer on slopes.

Perfect for Commercial or Personal Use – A Zero-Turn commercial mower or one for personal use must be of high-quality and engineered to handle small or heavy-duty mowing smoothly and without much effort. Mowing will be easy then as you only cut through lawn areas without having to trim into tight places.

How did the zero-turn Mower evolve?

  • 1949:  Warrensberg, MO resident Max Swisher invents the very first commercially available Zero-Turn mower and calls it the “Ride King.” It sports a three-wheel machine – one in the front and two in the rear. The front wheel is used as the drive wheel and it can turn 360 degrees. The wheel is powered by the motor in the same direction100 % of the time. In  case you want to reverse or use the zero-turn feature, the driver will steer the wheel 180 degrees to change course
  • 1963:  John Regier as an employee of Hesston Corporation, a manufacturer of farm and agricultural equipment incorporates the ‘counter rotation process’ into lawnmowers. He was inspired when he saw this process functioning in his company’s device called the swather. Once he invented the lawnmower that operated on a zero-turn radius, he tried selling them, but the market wasn’t ready for the new technology. He sold the Regier patent to Hesston which eventually became Excel Industries—parent company of Hustler Turf. The first mower with zero-turn technology was called ‘the Hustler’.
  • 1969: Grasshopper Mowers introduces the first commercially viable Zero-Turn mower
  • 1974:  Dixon coins the term “zero-turn-radius” with their entrance into the mower market
  • In 1997: Robert D. Davis Jr. obtains the United States Patent 5644903 for a new steering control he has invented for a zero- turn radius mower, based on eight previous patents

The zero-turn mower is here to stay! To cut down on your mowing time, opt for one. You must speak to a mowing expert soon.