Lawn tips from the Lawn Mower Champion

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Bobby Cleveland, the STA-BIL Engine Answerman and World’s Fastest Lawnmower Racing Champion, shares lawn tips for spring and Tracy challenges his title in a race.

Now that the cold weather is finally starting to break, soon it will be time to dust off the lawn equipment and get ready to spring into action!

The key to getting your lawn “race ready” is to make sure your small engine equipment, like your lawnmower, hedge trimmer, leaf blower, and so on are tuned up and ready to go for spring. Most likely, they have been sitting in storage all winter and may have a hard time starting. The following three simple steps can help prevent small engine equipment problems and avoid a costly trip to the repair shop:

1. Educate yourself on how to care for your small engine machines and equipment. Are there products or fluids that will help keep the engine clean? How often should the oil be changed? Proper care now can keep equipment running better, longer.

2. Check fasteners, cutting blades and oil levels when you first take equipment out of storage. Fasteners should be tightened, blades sharpened and wheel bearings and fittings should be lubricated.

3. Make sure to add appropriate fluids like STA-BIL Ethanol Treatment to new fuel to keep the fuel fresh, prevent corrosion amplified by ethanol in today’s gasoline and boost engine performance.

Once your machinery is ready to go, make sure to spend time caring for the grass!

1. Mow it properly, and try not to cut it too short. It is also best to mow the lawn when it is dry, as it not only will cut better but will be less messy to clean up too.

2. It seems like a no brainer, but make sure to water your grass, especially during the hot summer months. It’s always best to water in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid evaporation.

3. Feed your lawn with fertilizer and make sure to weed regularly to avoid overgrowth. Weeds can get out of hand pretty quickly.

4. To win the race of ultimate curb appeal, don’t forget to trim the edges of your yard to make it look well groomed and blow the grass off walkways for a polished touch. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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