How to mow lawn

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How to Mow a Lawn

Knowing how to mow lawn properly is very important if you want to keep your lawn healthy. 

Before you start the mower, there are few things you should check.

1. Oil – While the engine is cold, open it up and use the dipstick to make sure it’s up to the right level.

2. Wheels – To adjust the mowing height on a rotary lawn mower, lower or raise the wheels of the mower. You can also check the mower’s side to see switches or latches which would let you adjust the wheel’s height.

3. Blade – Keep mower blades sharp and balanced. Dull blades can cause ragged cuts, which increase the chance of disease and pests.

4. Clear the Lawn and Mark Obstacles – Pick up loose stones, branches, cans and other objects. Any of these can fly out the mower’s discharge chute or get caught in the blades.

When everything is checked and complete, you can start mowing. Change your mowing pattern each time your mow, and only mow dry grass. You can leave the clippings on the lawn as they provide nitrogen and nutrients and can save you time and money from using waste bags.

NOTE: Remember to follow the one-third rule. Never remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade length at any one mowing.

Make sure to clean the mower blades after using it. It must be cleaned with water and you can place a bit of oil to prevent rust.

Video by This Old House
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time to mow the lawn Roger you’ve got a
couple lawn mowers that don’t have an
engine but today what do you say we use
some horsepower all right but before you
start that mower there’s a few things we
should check the first is the oil you
want to check it while the engines cold
you just open it up and there’s a
dipstick inside and make sure it’s up to
the right level and why check it when
the engine is cold when the engine is
cold all the oil is drained down you’re
getting a proper reading if you check it
when it’s hot some of that oil could
still be up in the engine you could
actually overfill you it okay but the
worst situation is to run this engine
with low oil you could actually seize
the engine blow it up right the other
thing I like to do is check the gas fill
it up but be careful when you’re doing
so if you spill gas on a lawn or an
asphalt driveway it could kill the lawn
and actually eat a hole in the asphalt
gas can ruin asphalt it can alright now
what we want to do is check the height
of our wheels I like to cut at three to
three and a half inches and you can see
there’s numbers on here so we can set
those wheels to the right height mm-hmm
the next thing I do is check the blade I
want to cut with a sharp blade so that
when it cuts the grass it makes a nice
clean edge if you cut with a dull blade it rips the
grass and the tear on that end would
allow a fungus or disease to get into
the grass all right pre-flight check
complete right we’re ready to go
that’s mow now Kevin this particular
model has a bag on it I only use a bag
when the lawns extremely long or wet or
if it’s a newly seeded lawn because if I
don’t use a bag clippings will cover up
the new seeds and they won’t germinate
but if you’re not in that situation you
prefer to mulch which means that all the
clippings actually stay underneath the
deck and the blade cut them up multiple
times until they’re really small right
and then they drop down into the lawn
and they just nourish the lawn great
when you’re mulching I want to make sure
that this discharge chute is covered
otherwise a projectile like a piece of
wood or a rock could come flying out and
injure somebody well we’ll just say we
bagged today slide that right back on okay you see we
start it up now like most of the modern
mowers this has a safety buy you have to
have your hands on this before this
mower will start and don’t let go cuz
it’ll shut down the engine okay here we
go lot better than the Paul
I like to change the pattern I’m mowing
every week because if you mow the same
way every week you can actually leave
ruts in the lawn from the wheels
after you make your turn you want to
just overlap your cut a little bit so
that you don’t leave any uncut grass
behind when dealing with something like
cobblestones you want to get as close as
you can but not too close because if you
hit them you could damage your blade
it’s better to come back later and clean
it up with a string trimmer
when you dump the bag I like to put it
either in a wheelbarrow or on a top and
bring it over to the compost pile where
the lawn meets the bed there’s usually a
drop in grade if your wheels go into
that drop then you blade lowers and it
will scalp the lawn so to make sure you
don’t scalp the lawn stay a few inches away from the edge and
come back with your string trimmer and
clean it up Kevin that’s perfect now we’ll just come
along with a string trimmer clean up
that edge we didn’t scalp the lawn we
didn’t dull the blade all right some
good tips Roger.

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