How to Mow Grass Lawn Mower
Arrangement of green lawns at dachas and country estates is becoming a popular activity. At first glance, it seems that everything is simple in this matter: he allocated a place under a green lawn, sowed a plot with grass seeds and wait for the field to turn into a green lawn. And only later comes the understanding of the need for proper care, and he, first of all, is the skillful operation of the lawn mower. It turns out that mowing the lawn is necessary not only for beauty.
Why and how often does the lawn mow
Typically, lawns are planted with grasses of the cereal family, and mowing prevents their flowering and fruiting. This simple technique prolongs the vegetative period of plants, promotes good rooting, growth of lateral green shoots and tillering. Regular haircuts contribute to compaction of turf, and densely growing “cultivated” grass prevents the growth and spread of weeds. Throughout the entire warm period as a result of timely mowing, the green color of the lawn remains.
There is no certainty regarding the frequency of mowing the lawn. This parameter depends on several objective factors:
- Type of planted vegetation;
- Type of soil and top dressing;
- Seasonal characteristics of plant growth;
- Purpose of the lawn.
The first lawn mowing events begin in the spring, after the grass on the planned sown lawn rises to a height of 12. 14 cm. It is recommended to mow the lawn when the greens rise to 7-10 cm. Depending on the intended purpose of the green cover, the grass is mowed to a level of 4-7 cm. Subsequent mowing is recommended each time the grass is pulled up to a height of 2-3 cm above the desired level.
In the summer, it is not recommended to cut the lawn too short to avoid early drying of the plants.
Mowing height adjustment on a lawn mower
The lawn mower structurally involves adjusting the cutting height of the grass. The range of different models may vary. Manufacturers of equipment indicate the minimum and maximum value of this parameter in the accompanying documentation. In inexpensive models of removable height positions, most often 3, in more expensive and advanced ones, there may be 5-7 regulator positions.
To care for lumpy lawns, a model with a wider range of height adjustment is usually chosen.
Different models may vary the technical decision of choosing the cutting height. There are two types of regulation: manual and mechanical. The first involves stopping the engine and actions to change the position of the regulator manually. The mechanical method allows you to change the cutting height by pressing a button on the control lever, without interruption of the process.
Basic Lawn Mowing
Mowing the lawn in a running state with a trimmer is much faster, but after completing this work, you need to collect the mowed green with a rake.
Hence the conclusion: owners of lawn mowers should not allow high growth of grass.
The question is often raised whether mow wet grass gas mower. The rules say: it is not recommended to work with a lawn mower in the rain or after watering, since such mowing is not of a high quality, and there is a risk of getting ugly stripes on wet ground
In addition, there are other rules that must be observed when mowing the lawn.
- A hot summer day is not the best time to mow the weed. Fresh sections dry quickly and their yellowness spoils the appearance of the lawn.
- It is recommended to mow the lawn in the morning or evening in dry weather, a day after rain or watering, when the soil and grass have dried.
- It is necessary to ensure that the mower’s knife was sharpened. Working with blunt knives is fraught with troubles in the form of jamming of foliage and tearing weed from the root.
- Before you start mowing, you need to rake up the fallen leaves, tree branches and other garbage, smooth out the earthen mounds that have formed as a result of the life of earthworms, ants and other insects.
- Should decide cutting direction, so that it is at an angle to the previous one. Otherwise, the appearance of the lawn will be associated with a washing board.
- When cutting, you must follow the parallel pattern and not leave narrow stripes, paying attention to the grass under the wheels.
Lawnmower mulching function
In the care of beds and lawns, various methods are used to improve soil fertility. Mulching is a necessary event for the improvement of lawns, as well as prevent soil erosion. Mowed grass has proven itself as a mulch. It is periodically recommended to mow the grass and make compost from it, which in winter is used as an organic fertilizer of the lawn.
On sale there are wheel units in which the mulching function is already integrated. With this additional feature, the lawnmower mulches grass and uncleaned fallen leaves during mowing: the process consists of grinding and gently ejecting organic matter onto the trimmed part of the lawn. The advantage of such models is obvious: the lawn is cleaned of plant debris, which in processed form returns to the soil surface and enriches it. But the cost of a lawn mower with additional features will be higher than a conventional model.
Problems with the operation of lawn mowers
Like any gardening equipment used, lawn mowing equipment require compliance with safe use practices. Operate motorized equipment only in good condition. This is an unshakable requirement. And before you turn on the electric or gasoline unit, you must make sure its integrity. When carrying out work, it is necessary to observe the general safety rules and the requirements of the instructions from the manufacturer.
There are five main problems with using the mower:
- Hitting an obstacle;
- Leaked oil;
- Knives are clogged with grass;
- The unit rakes the ground with grass;
- Uneven cut.
All problems can be solved to one degree or another. In the first two situations, most likely, you will have to seek help from specialists. And for the prevention of such problems, it is recommended to check the area before mowing for stones and other objects in the grass of the lawn, and also not to store the device upside down.
Young soft and juicy grass can clog a hole for its ejection, and then unstable, ragged operation of the motor is observed. In this case, it is necessary to periodically stop the operation to clean the hole from adhering grass segments with a thin sharp tool.
When a mower powerfully rakes not only grass stems, but also clods of earth, it will help to rectify the situation. Readjusting the cutting height so that the knife does not reach the ground. If a unit with a normally working motor cuts grass with uneven strips, shreds, then the problem with the knife is either dull or not installed correctly.
Refining the correct position of the cutting tool will help referring to the manufacturer’s instructions. Sharpening a knife is best entrusted to a specialist.
When working with a lawn mower, do not forget to use individual protection means. Check your work equipment regularly to identify defects in time and solve the problem before a serious breakdown occurs.