But failure can loom with your lawn and garden – and the tools you use to care for them – once the air turns brisk and leaves turn from green to a cornucopia of autumn hues. With the winter season approaching, now is the time to perform equipment maintenance and give your lawn some special care before temperatures plummet and winter grabs hold.
Here are a few must-do’s.
It most parts of the country where warm-weather grasses prevail, fall is the perfect time to aerate your lawn. This is especially true in yards that receive heavy foot traffic throughout the summer. The simple aeration process -- punching holes through the grass thatch layer -- is vital to maintaining a healthy lawn, because it allows water, air and nutrients to more easily reach the root system.
You can tell when a lawn does not get aerated regularly. It grows slower, has more shallow root systems and is much more susceptible to insects and disease. Aeration brings more oxygen into the lawn, which helps break down the thatch that forms over the summer – thus allowing the lawn to absorb more water. And once aeration is performed, the time is right to reseed patchy areas so they will be thick and green by spring.
Two types of equipment are typically used for aeration – either a spike aerator, which punches holes in the sod; or a plug aerator, which removes small plugs of soil from the lawn. Both can be effective; check with your local lawn and garden expert to make the right choice for your grass variety, soil type and geography.
Aerators can be rented, but you may want to purchase one if your lawn needs more frequent aeration. We offer several types of compact, easy-to-use and ergonomically-designed aerators from the top brands that are engine-powered or towable.
The change of seasons is the perfect time to make necessary adjustments to your mower, trimmer, chainsaw or other lawn/garden equipment. First, thoroughly inspect for worn out or loose parts, as well as missing screws and bolts. Make sure all safety features are working properly.
Don’t forget to replace worn belts, sharpen dull blades and replace the spark plugs (in two-cycle engines). For four-cycle engines, check the oil and change it at least annually. Before beginning maintenance or repairs, be sure to reference your owner’s manual for instructions, or consult your nearest authorized full-service equipment dealer: Emerich Sales and Service.
You can also take advantage of huge savings on lawn and garden equipment repair or maintenance during Emerich Sale's annual winter service special program.
Fuel for Fall … and Winter
Realize that any fuel you purchase in the fall and winter will be “winter blended” gas, which has more oxygen in it for easier starting in cold weather. This is especially effective for two-cycle engines, which are most sensitive to colder temperatures.
But because winter-blended fuel has more oxygen, it vaporizes faster than summer gas – and generates less energy. So, it may burn faster, causing the engine to generate more RPMs to supply enough power. To prevent engine fatigue, check your equipment regularly in cold weather months and perhaps throttle it down a bit to compensate for higher RPMs.
These and other tips will make fall a successful time for your lawn and the equipment that cares for it.
To learn more about purchasing new equipment or just buying parts or servicing your current equipment come into your closest Emerich Sales & Service location the area’s largest dealer of outdoor power products.