If you love gardening and most of the time do mow the lawn yourself, here are some tips and safety precautions on how to mow a lawn safely.

how to mow the lawn safely

How to mow a lawn

  1. Do not cut too much. Cut less than 1/3 of the grass height at each pass. If you need to cut more, do it in more passes.
  2. Mow frequently and slowly. The slower and more frequently you mow, the more finely you cut the grass and the faster it decomposes.
  3. Mow in the morning or early evening, not to expose your grass to heat stress.
  4. Mow dry grass. Mowing wet grass will encourage lawn weeds, clumps and fungus.
  5. Change mowing paths. You will reduce ruts and strengthen uniform growth.
  6. Buy a rear roller for a striped-effect lawn. While the mower moves forward, the roller pushes the grass in one direction, resulting in a stripy effect.
  7. Compost your clippings or use a mulching mower. Clipping bags sent to the landfill are a major source of waste and pollution (CO2 transportation impact).

How to mow a lawn safely

  1. Read, understand and follow the operator’s directives before using any mower.
  2. Electric Mawn Mowers: use only in dry weather, check and test RCD protections on any power outlet and keep the trailing cable away from the cutting path.
  3. Keep the mowing area clear from children and animals and remove stones, sticks or other dangerous debris that could be thrown out by the mower blades.
  4. NC-12 and NC-16: No child below 12 should use walk-behind mowers and child below 16 small tractors (American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations).
  5. Turn off and unplug mowers and check the mower blades are stopped before lifting the mower, removing stuck grass or emptying the grass box.
  6. Safety equipment: choose mowers supplied with “dead man’s switches” to disable blade rotation when not used and wear protective boots.

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