It’s frustrating when you begin to mow your lawn, only to discover that grass is sticking to the deck.
Located underneath the main part of a lawnmower, the deck is a large and open area where the blade spins. Normally, a lawnmower will dispense the cut grass in a removable bag or out the mulching chamber. There are times, however, when grass may build up inside the deck.
So, how do you prevent grass from sticking to the deck of your lawnmower?
If your lawnmower’s deck is clogged with grass, you’ll need to clean it.
With the motor turned off and the spark plug removed, carefully lift your lawnmower and turn it on its side. Next, use a plastic scraping tool to remove the grass in and around the deck.
For stubborn grass, you may need to use an air compressor. A few blasts of pressurized air should dislodge hardened grass.
Of course, you shouldn’t use water to clean the deck. Exposing the underside of your lawnmower to water may cause it to rust.
Therefore, if you’re struggling to clean it, use an air compressor.
Coat With Vegetable Oil
It may sound unusual, but coating the deck of your lawnmower with vegetable oil can protect it from stuck grass.
Like most oils, vegetable oil is a lubricant. When applied to a mower deck, it creates a nonstick surface that prevents the accumulation of grass.
After cleaning your lawnmower’s deck, wipe it down with a few paper towels soaked in vegetable oil.
When finished, you should then be able to use your lawnmower without grass sticking to the deck.
Mow During the Day
Wait until the midday hours to mow your lawn.
Some homeowners prefer mowing their lawn during the morning or evening hours when it’s cool. If the sun isn’t out, though, your lawn will likely be covered in moisture.
And when you mow it, the wet grass will stick to your lawnmower’s deck where it clumps into large balls.
Make Narrower Passes
Finally, you can prevent grass from sticking to your lawnmower’s deck by making narrower passes.
In other words, don’t try to mow the entire length of the deck. Instead, make passes that cover about half of the deck.
With less grass entering it, your lawnmower’s deck should remain relatively clean. And if it gets clogged, you can always turn it over for a quick cleaning.
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