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How to Mow a Lawn for Beginners?

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For beginners, mowing a lawn might seem like a straightforward task, but there are important techniques and tips to ensure you achieve a clean and healthy lawn. This guide will provide step-by-step instructions and essential advice on how to mow a lawn effectively, whether you’re new to lawn care or looking to improve your mowing skills. Let’s dive in!

Get Your Mower Ready

Choosing the right lawn mower is essential for efficient and effective lawn care. Before you start mowing, understanding the different types of mowers available can help you select the best tool for your property, saving you time and money. Here are several types of lawn mowers to consider, each with its own advantages and ideal uses.

Push Reel Mower

Push Reel Mower Environmentally friendly and quiet, push reel mowers are suitable for small, flat lawns. They’re easy to maintain and don’t require gas. 

Advantages

  • Environmentally Friendly and Energy-Efficient: Push reel mowers operate without using fuel or electricity, relying solely on human power for propulsion. They produce no emissions, making them an eco-friendly and energy-efficient lawn care option.
  • Quiet Operation: Using it avoids noise pollution, as they operate silently without the loud noise associated with gas-powered mowers. This makes them ideal for maintaining a peaceful environment and reducing disturbance to neighbors or wildlife.

Considerations

  • Requires More Physical Effort: Due to the manual operation, they require more physical effort, especially when mowing large areas. It may be tiring to use for extended periods or on challenging terrain.
  • Not Suitable for Tall Grass: Push reel mowers are most effective on shorter grass, typically ranging from 1 to 3 inches (2.5 to 7.5 centimeters) in height. They may struggle with tall or dense growth, defined as grass 6 inches(15 centimeters) or more in height.  Regular mowing is necessary to maintain optimal cutting performance.
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Self Propelled Lawn Mower

Maintaining a tidy lawn without exhaustion is achievable with a self-propelled lawn mower, particularly suited for smaller yards, reducing the need for manual pushing by the user.

Advantages

  • Effort-Saving: They operate with their own power, reducing the physical exertion required by users.
  • Suitable for Various Terrain: With them, users simply start the engine and control the direction, making it ideal for smaller, irregularly shaped yards.

Considerations

  • Higher Cost: Due to their automatic movement and control systems, they tend to be more expensive compared to push mowers.
  • Size Limitation: They are best suited for small to medium-sized lawns and may not be as effective for larger or complex terrains. They have limited maneuverability and may struggle with challenging grass conditions.
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Riding Lawn Mower

For expansive properties, a riding lawn mower can offer efficiency and reduced physical strain during lawn care.

Advantages

  • Efficiency: They are equipped with larger engines and cutting blades, making them ideal for efficiently covering large areas of grass.
  • Reduce physical labor: Users can sit while mowing, reducing fatigue during extended lawn care sessions.

Considerations

  • Space Requirements: Due to their large size, they require ample storage space and a spacious mowing area to operate effectively.
  • Terrain Limitations: They are less maneuverable in complex terrain or narrow spaces, such as around trees or tight passages.
  • Maintenance Needs: They often have larger engines that consume more fuel and require regular maintenance. Their complex mechanics can make upkeep more labor-intensive.
  • Potential Lawn Damage: The weight of them can cause indentation or damage to the lawn, especially on wet or soft ground.
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Stand On Mower

Offering better traction and visibility, stand-on mowers are great for professional landscapers or homeowners with challenging landscapes. They provide enhanced maneuverability and control.

Advantages

  • Flexible: By standing on the mower rather than behind it, the machine weight could be more central, resulting in better traction and nimbler machine.
  • Improved Visibility and Precision: Operators have a clear view of the mowing area, making it easier to navigate around landscaping features and obstacles without damaging plants or structures.

Considerations

  • Higher Cost: They typically have a higher price compared to traditional push or ride-on mowers. This is due to their larger size, more powerful engines, and complex operating systems.
  • Increased Physical Exertion for Operators: Operating them for extended periods can strain the operator’s stamina, especially during prolonged use. Operators should take regular breaks to protect their health.
  • Not Suitable for Steep or Uneven Terrain: The design may not be suitable for steep slopes or uneven terrain, as operators standing on the mower may experience instability.
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Remote-Controlled Mower

This innovative option allows you to mow your lawn effortlessly with precise control, ideal for individuals with mobility limitations like steep slopes .

Advantages

  • Convenience and Safety: Remote-controlled mowers allow operators to mow their lawn from a distance, reducing the need for physical exertion and exposure to potential hazards such as heat or debris.
  • Precision and Maneuverability: Using a remote control, operators can achieve precise control over the mower’s movements, enabling them to navigate tight spaces, avoid obstacles, and now difficult-to-reach areas more effectively than traditional mowers.

Considerations

  • Cost and Maintenance: They tend to be more expensive than conventional mowers due to their advanced technology. Additionally, they may require specialized maintenance and repairs, which can add to the overall cost of ownership.
  • Learning Curve: Operating it effectively requires some learning and practice to master the controls.
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Robotic Mower

Robotic mowers take lawn care to the next level by autonomously mowing your lawn. They navigate and  avoid obstacles automatically.

Advantages

  • Convenience and Time-Saving: They operate autonomously based on pre-defined tasks, requiring minimal human intervention. They can mow the lawn automatically, even when the user is away, saving significant time and effort compared to manual mowing.
  • Consistent and Even Cutting: They are designed to mow frequently and continuously, resulting in a more consistent and even cut compared to occasional manual mowing.

Considerations

  • Initial Cost and Installation: They typically have a higher upfront cost compared to traditional mowers. However, when considering the long-term cost of lawn maintenance, they can be more cost-effective.
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5 Steps to Mow a Lawn

Mowing is an essential step in maintaining a healthy lawn. Below, we will outline the steps for mowing in detail, including key points and techniques for each step:

1. Prepare the Mower

Ensure your lawn mower is in good working condition by checking the oil and gas levels (if it’s a gas mower) or the battery charge (if it’s an electric mower), and inspect the blade sharpness. Dull blades can tear grass instead of cutting it cleanly.

2. Check the Weather

It’s best to mow when the grass is dry. Wet grass can clog your mower and make for an uneven cut.

3. Clear the Lawn

Remove any obstacles like rocks, branches, toys, or debris that could be a hazard to your mower and could damage your grass.

4. Set the Mower Height

Adjust the mower deck to the appropriate cutting height for your grass type. A good rule is to never cut more than one-third of the grass blade in one mowing session. This makes the lawn less resistant and more susceptible to pests and diseases, and prevents the lawn from photosynthesising effectively.

5. Start Mowing

Begin mowing in a pattern that allows you to cover the entire lawn without missing any spots. Overlapping slightly with each pass ensures even coverage.

More Tips to Mow a Lawn Efficiently

During the lawn mowing process, there are additional tips that can help you complete the task more efficiently and make your lawn look healthier and more attractive.

  • Sharpen Blades Regularly: The timing for blade replacement depends on the type of grass and the frequency of mower use. However, under typical usage conditions, it is recommended to replace the blades at least every 2-3 months to maintain blade sharpness. This ensures clean cutting of grass blades and minimizes the risk of tearing the grass due to dull blades.

  • Mow When Grass is Dry: Mow the lawn when the grass is dry to prevent clumping and uneven cutting. Wet grass can also clog the mower.

  • Follow a Pattern: Establish a mowing pattern to cover the entire lawn systematically. This helps ensure even cutting and prevents missing spots.
  • Overlap Each Pass: Overlap each mowing pass slightly to avoid leaving uncut strips of grass.
  • Mow your lawn in the evening: Temperatures are cooler and the grass is usually dry in the evening, avoiding cutting wet grass. Additionally, mowing in the evening allows the lawn to recover overnight, promoting healthier growth.

Choose a Robotic Mower to Help You Save More Time

 

To save more time and effort on lawn maintenance, and ensure mowing performance. Consider using a robotic mower like the NEXMOW. It is designed to automate the task of grass cutting, allowing you to focus on other activities while your lawn is taken care of. The key benefits of robotic mowers include

  • Convenience: Operate autonomously, meaning you don’t have to manually push or ride them. Simply set up the boundary, and the mower will handle the rest.

  • Time-Saving: With it, you can reclaim the time you would have spent mowing the lawn manually. It works quietly in the background, even when no one is at the mowing area.

  • Consistent Cutting: It can mow your lawn regularly, ensuring consistent grass height and overall lawn health.

If you’re interested in learning more about the NEXMOW robotic mower and its features, go to our NEXMOW website for detailed information. Discover how robotic mowers can transform your lawn care routine, allowing you to enjoy a well-manicured lawn with minimal effort.

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