Mowing Tips

  • Be sure equipment is properly maintained and blades are sharp.
  • Be safe – Use proper footwear, safety glasses and hearing protection.
  • Before mowing, pick up papers, sticks and toys and look for objects in the lawn areas. Move lawn furniture.
  • Mow a couple of times around the perimeter blowing clippings in towards the center of the lawn before beginning striping patterns.
  • Mow in straight lines to give a pleasing appearance with striping.
  • Try to vary the pattern of cut from week to week.
  • Avoid leaving accumulations of clippings on the lawn by double cutting or collecting clippings when necessary. Do not mow when it is too wet and lawn would be damaged.
  • As much as possible avoid the discharge of clippings into beds, shrub borders, gardens, patios, walkways, roadways, etc.
  • Take care when making turns, especially with zero turn mowers, to avoid taking divots or damaging the lawn by tearing up turf with the wheels.
  • Do not refuel on lawn areas or driveways.
  • Be careful when trimming or weed eating not to scalp the edges.
  • Avoid hard weed eating against fence posts, mailbox posts or the stems of trees; be especially careful of young trees with tender bark.
  • Often weed eat garden beds with the trimmer line used vertically.
  • After mowing operations are complete, blow clippings out of beds and off patios, decks, walkways and driveways.
  • Make sure that any lawn furniture you have moved has been returned to its place. Return your equipment to its storage location. Make a final visual inspection that assures you that the property looks good.

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