A Lawn Mowing Guide for Beginners

Stuart Wellbert
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Your Lawn Mower

When you hear the lawn mower running, it makes a whining sound. That’s because it’s a three-cylinder lawn mower. There are three engines inside it; one for each of the two blades on either side, and one for the mowing deck.

The engines are usually similar; the blades on the right side are on the same engine as the blade on the left. This is only so that if the driver accidentally swerves to the right, the mower won’t lean in that direction.

If you accidentally break the lawn mower, the manufacturer will give you the entire engine block.

Your Lawn Mower Blades

Even a seasoned lawn-care professional can have a tough time identifying the different types of blades. Blades are often described by the material they’re made from. Blades for mowing can be made of steel, brass, aluminum, high-carbon steel, alloy steel, titanium, or polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

Blades are also described by how they cut:

A. Straight blades

B. Snipe (side) blades

C. Bent blades

D. Floating blades

Straight blades are made from high-carbon steel, higher quality steel, and have a lower tendency of becoming dull. Straight blades are also the easiest to sharpen.

Snipe blades are made from steel and are the most affordable option. They are curved and serve as a tool to cut grass, weeds, and sloped areas.

Bent blades are made from high-carbon steel with an extended tip to help cut around obstacles and abrasive obstructions near the base of a tree or other discontinuity.

Floating blades have side flanges that keep the tips from digging in the turf and tearing the grass's fiber.

Hopefully learning about the different types of blades and factors to be considered when purchasing, sharpening, and maintaining them will help you better understand what it means to be a grass care professional.

Before Mowing Your Lawn

Are you new to lawn care and are mowing the lawn for the first time? If so, there are a few safety considerations you need to make before you get started.

Starting early in the morning gives you the most amount of time to mow the lawn with the least amount of interruptions. Make sure there is not a chance of heavy rain while you are mowing the lawn, since mowing wet grass can damage the machine. Before you start mowing, sharpen the blades on your LAWN MOWER. This ensures you won’t have any problems due to dull blades. Also, it’s best to get your lawn mowed when the temperature is above 60 degrees in the spring and fall, since that is the temperature range for a healthy lawn.

Before you start mowing, inspect your LAWN MAINTENANCE EQUIPMENT. Things to check are clogged LAWN/LAKE MOWER BLADES, worn CUTTING BLADES, and clogged LAWN MOWER FUEL FILTER.

Mowing Your Lawn

The first step in the lawn mowing process is a walk-through. Look at your lawn the way you would a painting–remember that it’s going to end up on the floor of your living room and be staring you in the face! Think about what you need from this final product, do you want even height or half “rounds?

Then lay out the pattern you’re going to follow. This will ensure you have the same pattern each time and a perfectly uniform lawn. In the city I would follow the grid, but if you have a large area of lawn that is uniform in color, either mow in rows or move the mower in the same direction each time.

The next part of the preparation process involves preparation of all the materials. Check that all cords are in good condition and will not tangle when in use. Lubricate the necessary joints to ensure smooth action. Check the oil and the gas, and sharpen the blades.

Start the mower motor and ensure the blade is turning smoothly. When you are satisfied, place the mower at the edge of the lawn. Keeping it in this position will allow you to constantly guide it in a straight line into the grass.

Caring For Your Lawn

The Best Tips

You should have a lawn mower, if you want to have a green look in your yard. Buying it from the store is one thing, but maintaining it is another challenge.

The most common problem is that it is hard to start. So first, you need to check the spark plug, if it is broken or wet.

If you are using gas, check the gas level. Lift the cut comb and check if it is full of gas. If you are using oil, change or refill it. If you are using battery, check if it is fully charged or not.

Then you should pull the chord many times, so it will start easily.

Now, many blades are available in the market, so you can choose the lawn mower blade or sharp blade for your lawn mower. The thicker the blade, more the number of times you need to sharpen it. So, if you often mow your lawn, you should change the blade once a year. Otherwise, change it after 100 hours.

Also, maintain the tension change strip. If it is loose, change it for the new one. If it is broken, get the new one. If the strip is in the center, then adjust the space between the strip and the blade. It should be approximately of a quarter of an inch.