Top mow­ing tips

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Did you know that the amount of pol­lu­tion emit­ted by the av­er­age lawn mower on an av­er­age lawn, when run for an hour, is equal to that of a car be­ing driven for roughly 300km?

This gets worse if the mower is out of tune. Mak­ing sure the mower is tuned will not only help save the en­vi­ron­ment, but it will save you money by re­quir­ing less fuel and will min­imise the wear and tear on the in­ter­nal parts mak­ing the mower last much longer.

Matt Kiesey-Cald­ing from Mo­to­sapien in Cairns says that about 68,000 peo­ple in the USA get in­jured each year thanks to the “harm­less” lawn mower.

“Hav­ing your mower ser­viced and in­spected can save a lot of grief and pain if some­thing is about to break and is found and fixed in time,” Matt says.

Matt’s top mow­ing tips:

Tak­ing more than onethird of a blade of grass will cause it to lose too much mois­ture and it will take longer to re­cover which al­lows weeds to thrive. When mulching, never take more than one-third off, the more of­ten you cut and leav­ing the to­tal length around 8cm the health­ier your lawn should be. Leav­ing your grass around 8 cm long will min­imise the amount of weeds and thin spots in your yard.

Old blunt blades will not cut well and dam­age the grass as well as mak­ing you

work harder. Sharp blades make a huge dif­fer­ence to the look of your lawn.

If the grass is very long, it’s bet­ter to start at the high­est set­ting and slowly drop it

down to the usual height. You may have to cut the grass two or even three times

be­fore it’s at its nor­mal height. Do­ing this will save a huge amount of strain on

you and your mower and, when fin­ished, your lawn will look much bet­ter.

Use the line trim­mer and hedge trim­mer first, then the mower will ei­ther catch or

much the clip­pings, sav­ing you from hav­ing to clean it all up after mow­ing.

“Mo­to­sapien Husq­varna has bat­tery prod­ucts that are vir­tu­ally silent, vir­tu­ally main­te­nance-free, di­rect emis­sion free, low vi­bra­tions and easy to use,” Matt says.

“Plus, these prod­ucts are much nicer to your body be­cause there’s no noise or vi­bra­tions.”

Mo­to­sapien Husq­varna can ser­vice any brand of gar­den prod­ucts and is also a war­rantyap­proved re­pairer for Husq­varna, Briggs and Strat­ton, McCulloch, Gar­dena, Flymo, Crom­melins and more.

“Husq­varna have been around for over 325 years ... (they) are the world’s big­gest gar­den power prod­ucts man­u­fac­turer and they of­fer a five year res­i­den­tial war­ranty,” Matt says.

Drop in to Mo­to­sapien Husq­varna and speak to Matt or Si­mon about ser­vic­ing your mower or any gar­den power prod­uct you have.

Or, if you’re in the mar­ket for a new mower, line trim­mer, hedge trim­mer, chain­saw, zero turn, lawn trac­tor or any­thing else, then drop in and check out the Husq­varna range of power prod­ucts.

The LC141Li bat­tery push mower with bat­tery and charger and the all new LC19SP self-pro­pelled mower are avail­able at Mo­to­sapien Mow­ers and Mo­tor­cy­cles Cairns.

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