away the snowblower and tune up the lawn mower because
what passes for spring these days has arrived.
Outdoor Power Equipment Institute offers some tips for
proper and safe operation of all the things you need to
keep your yard looking marvelous:
the right equipment for the task. Mowers, hedge trimmers
and so forth are designed to help you manage a landscape
as efficiently and productively as possible.
a "right-sized" product. Ask your
retailer/dealer for assistance in size, capabilities,
power sources and features that fit your needs.
the right person to use the equipment, and allow only
responsible adults familiar with the instructions to
operate it. Such tools should not be operated by young
people who are not physically or developmentally ready
to operate them.
people nearby of the work to be done. Confirm the
locations of pets and children and ask that they be kept
out of the area and supervised.
the operator’s manual to understand the controls of
inspect your equipment. Check for loose belts and
missing or damaged parts. Install clean air filters so
your engine and equipment run optimally.
your mower’s cutting blades sharpened so it will
operate more efficiently, cutting your lawn more cleanly
and making it healthier.
your terrain. When operating on slopes, select the
the area being managed. Remove any debris, wires,
branches, nails, rocks, or metal that could become
projectiles if thrown by the blades of a lawn mower or
properly. Wear substantial shoes, long pants, and
close-fitting clothes. You also may want to wear eye or
hearing protection, or both.
safe fueling procedures. Fill a gasoline tank only when
the engine is cool.
not use gas with more than 10 percent ethanol (E10) in