Tip of the day: Sharpen your mower blade

Consumer Reports News: July 27, 2007 02:08 PM

If your lawn is looking a bit ragged—perhaps the tips of the grass have turned brown—the blade on your mower or tractor might be the culprit.

A dull blade can damage the grass, which stresses the plants and makes your yard look less attractive. What’s more, a blade that’s not properly honed will cause your mower to burn more fuel—and make the job harder for you.

Bring your blade to your local hardware store or power-equipment shop and get it sharpened. While you’re there, buy a second blade if you don’t already own a backup. Then you’ll always have a sharp blade on hand.

Change you blade once a month or more frequently for heavy cutting conditions.

Essential information: Mow safely, and read “How to fix the top 10 lawn problems” for expert advice on how to get a great-looking lawn. If you need to replace your mower or tractor, check out "Faster and friendlier," our latest report on this outdoor power equipment. Then use our Ratings for push mowers, self-propelled mowers, and tractors (Ratings are available to subscribers) to find the best model for your yard. 

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