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How to Mow Your Lawn

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Like anything else, there is a right way and a wrong way to mow your lawn. Here are some things to keep in mind when operating your lawn mower.

If you aren't satisfied with how your lawn looks after mowing, there may be some simple reasons why your lawn is not looking its best. Running your lawn mower in order to get the best from your lawn takes skill and practice. Operating it carelessly can leave you with an average-looking lawn despite your best intentions.
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Lawn Mower Techniques

  • Even Lines. Make sure that your lawn mower stays true to its course by keeping the wheels at least two inches inside the last line you cut.
  • Frequent Emptying. Your lawn mower can only hold so many grass clippings. Frequently emptying your catcher will keep those annoying grass clumps from collecting.
  • Knowing Your Land. You should always run your lawn mower across hilly portions of your lawn in order to keep the lines straight and to keep your footing.

Once you have finished cutting your lawn, your lawn mower will require some basic maintenance. These are simple chores that you should complete every time you cut to keep your lawn mower in tip-top condition and lengthen its life.

Lawn Mower Protection

  • Washing. You should always wash your lawn mower off with a hose after cutting to remove grass clippings.
  • Oiling. Adding a quick shot of oil to working parts will keep your mower from rusting as it sits in your shed.
  • Storing. Your shed should have ample space for your lawn mower to sit without objects resting on it.

Follow these lawn mowing and lawn mower maintenance tips, and you could be closer to the beautiful lawn you always wanted.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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