General Tips and Advice for Lawn Mowing

Advice for Lawn Mowing

Keeping the lawn healthy and short is certain to benefit the grass.

Every time the lawn is mowed, the oldest grass sections are removed as the grass to grow from the ground up. Cutting the top 1/3 is a practical solution to ensure the glass prospers and the root ball establishes deeper into the soil.

Deeper roots have the benefit of being able to endure dry spells, give grass more power, and delve deeper into the soil.

Also, the specific grass types will vary in relation to the cutting heights. A warm-season grass can benefit from a cut at about 2 inches in height, while a cool-season grass is able to prosper with a cut height at 3.5 inches.

Safety Tips

  • Prior to using a newly purchased lawn mower, a safety tip is to first carefully read the manufacturers’ manual.
  • Read the section related to warnings.
  • Proper clothing should be worn while cutting the lawn. This can include a shirt (tucked-in), shoes (closed-toed), and pants (long length). Make sure to remove items of clothing that are loose, jewelry, or anything else that could get caught in the mowing equipment.
  • Before the mower is kicked into action, walk up and down the lawn to look for signs of loose objects like stones, rocks, toys, tools, etc. These items could cause damage to the actual mower or fly up and injure someone close-by.
  • Before the machine is switched on, make sure the safety guards and shields are set and active.
  • Remove children from the cutting area and ensure they are supervised for the duration that mowing is taking place. Don’t be tempted to give small children a ride on the seat-based mowers. Most of the mowers are quite loud so it can be difficult to hear them while in use.
  • When walking back and forth it is important to avoid pulling the mower over your feet or other objects that might be on the floor.
  • If mowing at the time of warm sunny weather it benefits to drink water often to make sure you stay hydrated.

Blade clogs

A mower blade in full action is fast – it mows at approx 215 MPH. Make sure the hands are kept well clear of the blades when attempting to clear a blockage. The best course of action is to switch off the mower and use a stick or similar tool to remove the build up of grass, twigs, or similar. However, for the more extensive issue, it might benefit to take the mower to a specialist repair shop to make sure it is repaired to a high standard.

Mowing techniques

Mowing on a hillside can be difficult (sometimes even dangerous) so it makes sense to be more cautious when maintaining this area of the landscape. When mowing up and down the hill a riding mower can be used, while it helps to change to a walk-behind mower if mowing side to side. For the really steep hillside, it might be more practical to use ground cover or similar.

If the riding mower has high speeds these should only be used when moving to the next area to mow. Low speed should be used when turning corners or trimming borders, while a medium speed is practical for general mowing in open areas.