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.
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