With the lawn mowers of today, lawn care can be done quickly and efficiently. Even with this being the case many homeowners still dread the task of mowing the lawn. If you’re one of those homeowners, dread no more. In this article, we’ll go over everything you need to know in order to be able to mow your lawn quickly and efficiently. After you’ve finished reading and practiced the tips here a few times mowing will be much less something you dread doing. If you don’t know how to use a lawn mower yet, be sure to check our guide on that.
Do a Practice Run
Get yourself started by doing a practice run. At the end of each stretch make the 180-degree turn and mow back in the opposite direction from which you just went. You can practice with either a riding or push mower.
Mow in Spirals or Rows
Depending on which creates the best results for you, it’s your option how you mow. It could be rows or spirals. If you’re using a riding mower that requires wide turns, then you may want to avoid mowing the lawn in rows. On the other hand, if your lawn mower can handle the sharp turns without leaving patches of grass uncut then doing it in rows might be more efficient for you. The same applies if you’re using a push mower. Whichever method is most efficient is the one you should use.
Create a Sketch of Your Lawn
Since all areas you’ll be mowing are not laid out the same way, and some don’t have open space or straight lines it might be necessary to sketch out your lawn first to get a clearer idea about how to cut it. Once you have your sketch, you can divide it into the largest rectangular squares as possible. Then simply mow each section in a spiral or row pattern. Some of the leftover areas won’t have the square or rectangular shape, and you may even need to mow around certain areas and obstacles, like trees for example.
How to Mow in Spirals or Rows
Whether or not you mow in rows or circles is your choice. It really just comes down to which way is most efficient for your situation. In order to mow your lawn in rows, simply turn 180-degrees when you get to the end the row each time, and keep doing this until you’ve finished your lawn. To mow in spirals begin cutting on the outer edges of the lawn you’re cutting and make a 90-degree turn when you reach the end of each row. Continue in this way, turning just a little sooner each full cycle until you’ve covered the entire area.
A well-maintained lawn not only looks better but it is healthier. Always remember the grass is very much like any other plant if you cut off its tips it adapts and branches out which makes it denser. This denseness makes for a nice, tightly woven turf.
In many cases just mowing a lawn is enough to make it look good, but learning to mow efficiently is what takes your lawn to the next level. Mowing at the best frequency and height is what will keep your lawn looking healthy and attractive.