Lawn Care What Mowing Patterns to Use

Published on March 6th, 2015 | by Turner Anderson


What Mowing Patterns to Use

From the Experts at Simplicity

There are a lot of things to keep in mind when mowing your grass. The first thing is to always start mowing on a smooth, level area. The size and type of the area to be mowed will determine the best mowing pattern to use. Obstructions such as trees, fences, buildings, or slopes and grades must also be considered when planning to mow your grass.

Mowing Tips

  • Cut long straight strips overlapping slightly.
  • Where possible, change patterns occasionally to eliminate matting, graining or a corrugated appearance.
  • For a truly professional cut, mow across the lawn in one direction, then recut the lawn by mowing perpendicular to the previous cut.

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Where possible, make one or two passes around the outside of the area, discharging the grass INTO the lawn to keep the cut grass off fences and walks.

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The remainder of the mowing should be done in the opposite direction so that the clippings are dispersed OUT onto the area of lawn previously cut.

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2 Responses to What Mowing Patterns to Use

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  2. Joe Werderitsh says:

    What I like best about mowing the lawn:

    I love the smell when I cut the sporadic wild garlic that pops up in my back yard in the early spring and and again in the fall just before the frost.

    It make me want to go out and have Italian for dinner!

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