Mowing the lawn is a chore that everybody dreads. But if you want a clean, attractive yard to look at, it's an essential task. Whether your yard is big or small, cutting down on mowing time will surely make the task seem a lot less daunting.
Use the Right Equipment
If you have a large lawn, it would be wise to invest in a larger mower. If your equipment is old and rusty, investing in newer equipment may save you time and effort in the long run, as well as making the overall lawn cutting experience more pleasurable. If you want to try out better equipment such as a sit-down mower before you buy, you can rent one online through platforms such as Lendr, which is an upcoming app that connects consumers and verified rental businesses. You could also contact local rental businesses and see if they have any in stock for you to try.
Start with Features
If your lawn has obstacles that require special attention in order to cut around, you can usually save time by getting those areas out of the way first. For example, if you have flowers beds or ornamental trees in the center of your lawn, mow around these spots before moving onto your mowing pattern. Other features that you may want to tackle first include walkways, landscaping rocks, buildings, gardens and statues.
Work in Rows
Mowing in rows is usually the fastest, most efficient way to cut your lawn. But the direction of your rows plays a role in how quickly you mow. If your lawn is wider than it is long, you should mow in horizontal rows. By working in rows that correspond to the longest part of your lawn, you'll reduce the number of turns that you will have to make with your mower so that you can work more quickly. On the other hand, if the length of your lawn is greater than its width, you should mow in rows parallel to the width to finish as quickly as possible. Just as with working in horizontal lines for a wide lawn, you'll make fewer turns with mower if you use go lengthwise on a narrow lawn. If your lawn is square, you can work in rows that go in either direction. To ensure that you cut all of the grass, you should overlap your rows slightly in case you miss a spot on your first pass.
Go in Concentric Circles
If you find that working in rows doesn't cut as much time off your mowing as you'd like, consider a concentric circle pattern. Concentric circles follow the same principle as working in rows – limiting the number of times that you have to turn your mower. However, a circular pattern can be even more efficient because all of the turns that you make are in the same direction. The turns in a concentric circle pattern aren't as sharp either, so it's usually easier to maneuver your mower, which can cut back on time. If you forget to mow around a flower bed or tree, the concentric circles also make it easier to work in those spots since you're already mowing in a circular motion.
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