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Mowing your Lawn Disclaimers
I will be giving you helpful tips on the art of lawn mowing. I know sometimes this task is delegated to others, but even if you do not mow your own lawn, these tips will help you to evaluate those who do it for you and determine if they are really doing a good job!
I will not be discussing the details of starting up the lawn mower, maintenance or any information along that line. This article starts from the point of you already having the lawn mower set up and ready to go.
This article is not about lawn care, i.e. watering the lawn, edging, or anything like that and pertains to push type mowers -- not the riding mowers.
Simply put -- This article is about how to mow your lawn, and how to do it safely.
Safety First When Mowing Your Lawn
Your top priority here is not to have a nice looking lawn once you are done, but to be able to enjoy your lawn without suffering ailments resulting from you mowing your own lawn. Remember, Safety First!
Mow Your Lawn -- Let's Get Started!
Here is a list of "Must Haves" before you even think about mowing your lawn!
- Eye goggles to protect your eyes.
- Gloves to protect your hands. (I use thick ski gloves instead of the dainty garden type).
- Insect repellent to ward off the mosquitoes, wasps, and other pests. (I use Avon Bath Oil that comes in the spray bottle, but there are other insect repellents you can use).
- Sunglasses, as applicable.
- Hat - To keep the sun at bay. I sometimes mow the lawn hatless.
- Comforable shoes, with socks to cushion your feet. You may have to do a lot of walking depending on the size of your lawn!
- Outerwear commensurate with the weather, for example a light jacket in fall, and probably no jacket in the summer.
All suited up tomow your lawn? Let's go!
Physically walk around the lawn you will be mowing. I'm not talking about looking out of the windows at the lawn before starting. You need to actually go outside and walk around the complete area you plan to mow before you start.
The purpose of the walk through is to make sure there are no obstacles out there that will cause physical harm to you or will impede your mowing once you get started.
You may take a plastic lawn or garbage bag with you as you perform your walk-through inspection of your lawn. If you have lots of trees and tend to have a multitude of sticks, branches, rocks, etc., make sure you pick up as many of these potential projectiles as you can to reduce any chance of you getting hurt.
If you do not like bending down to pick up sticks, debris, etc., you can use one of those dust pans that have a long handle. Simply use a broom to move the items into the dustpan. The long handle of the dust pan negates the need for you to bend down.
I do not recommend using a leaf blower to clear the sticks, because you will only be blowing them to an area you will have to pick up from later. You may use a leaf blower if you have not raked yet, and is still in the process of clearing your yard of leaves.
Time to Mow Your Lawn!
Make sure as you push the lawn mower, you refrain from leaning over it at your waist. By leaning forward, you are using your lower back muscles as strength to push the lawn mower -- which is a "no, no." Most of your strength should come from your arms and not your back. Once you get in the routine of moving the lawn mower back and forth down your lawn, periodically remind yourself to stand up straight and not lean as you mow.
Also please use both hands on the handle of the mower to push it. No one hand mowing allowed!
I read some place where you should change up the direction you mow your lawn each time you mow. For example if you mowed horizontally at one mowing, at the next mowing you should do so vertically. I don't quite understand the reasoning behind this, but you may do so if you like. In my case, I find it easier to just follow the same routine mowing pathway directions each time.
Caution! Do not try to be a super hero and mow a very large area at once without taking a break. You may think you are impressing the neighbors with your stamina, but you are only increasing the chance of suffering sore muscles, and having aches and pain needlessly. Instead, take frequent water and rest breaks while mowing.
Which brings me to the topic of hot weather and mowing. If it is very hot outside, there is no need to mow your lawn and take a chance of having a heat related incidence. If you feel that you must mow your lawn during hot weather, do so early in the morning when it may be a little cooler (not too early to disturb the neighbors if you have any).
Also, studies have shown mosquitoes come out in the early evening, so even if you are wearing insect repellent, you still want to schedule your mowing time appropriately. Somehow, those insects find the one place on your arm that you may have inadvertently missed.
What about mowing over cement?
If possible, avoid moving the lawn mower over cement, because you may damage the lawn mower.
Mowing Your Lawn Question -- Cut the grass very short so I will not have to mow again for a long time?
That might be tempting, but you are only damaging the grass. Grass needs some growing, breathing room space. The rule of thumb is to keep your grass at least 3" tall before and when mowing. This is good news in a way. You can take a break between mowing and do not have to feel stressed because the grass is a little tall. But don't let your grass grow to the extreme! The limit is 3" and not 4" or more!
Rememer when Mowing your Lawn -- Grass loves Grass
Did you know that it is beneficial to leave the grass clippings from your mowing on the lawn itself instead of either letting the clippings fall and bagging them or having them caught up in the lawn mower bag? If you can, remove the lawn mower bag from the mower, and simply just let the grass clippings stay where they lay. Your grass will love it!
A whole lot of work goes into lawn care, which includes fertilizing, edging, watering, soil testing, and other actions. So you may want to hire someone to do this for you at some time.
But in between that time, why not mow the lawn yourself? Enjoy the satisfaction of getting great exercise, absorbing healthy vitamin D from the sun, and experiencing that euphoric feeling when you are all done mowing and triumphantly say, "I did it! A perfectly mowed lawn!"