Simple Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Push Mower
Mowing with a push reel mower is a bit different than working with power mower. For one thing, a manual mower will consume nearly a third more time than using a power mower to cut the grass. Giving yourself plenty of time is one tip for using a push reel mower. These additional tips will also help:
Don’t let the grass get too long
Have you ever tried mowing grass when it’s too long? The grass binds up into the blade and really makes pushing the mower hard work. As difficult as it is to cut long grass with a power mower, using a manual mower to cut a overgrown lawn is even more difficult. For best results, it’s best to cut the lawn on a regular weekly schedule, and not let it get more than four inches in height. With only a few inches of growth to cut through, you’ll discover that the push mower will be much easier to manage and will do a more even job of cutting the grass.
Walk at a steady pace
Since you are the “motor” behind a manual mower, pushing the reel mower at a steady pace does the best job of cutting the grass. A slow or erratic pace has a tendency to wrap the grass around the axle and will bind up the blades. This not only slows you down even more, but results in a patchy, irregular cut. By moving steadily at a speed that is comfortable for you, the blade will rotate in a continuous motion that shears the grass evenly.
Overlap the rows
Just like a power mower, the wheels of a manual mower will push down the grass which will spring back up in an hour or two. By overlapping rows on the return, the mower will catch those missed clumps of grass.
Overlapping rows also means that you are mowing less grass and that the reel mower will be easier to push. This technique of overlapping is also helpful when the lawn height is a little too high to manage.
Change directions and height
Don’t be afraid to try cutting at different heights and from different directions. Lawns are usually a mix of different grasses, all of which have different growing patterns. If you don’t light the look of the cut from one direction, come back around at a different direction and try again.
Changing the height may also improve the look of the cut, especially in lawns that are a mix of grasses, dandelion, clovers, and quack grass. These mixed grass lawns cut more easily when the setting has been dropped an inch.
Accept an unmanicured look
Be willing to accept that a lawn mowed with a manual push mower isn’t going to look picture perfect. There’s always going to be a few patches here and there that stubbornly refused to be cut and that’s OK.
Keep the mower maintained
While today’s mowers are rust proof, it’s still a good idea to brush the grass off the blades when you are finished mowing for the day to prevent the buildup of clippings and dirt. After the clippings have been brushed off, lube the bearings and the cutting edge with WD-40, and remember to always keep your reel mower stored safely indoors and out of the elements.
Using an eco friendly push reel mower does takes a little getting used to and may seem like a lot of extra work at first. But, by following these simple tips and mowing early in the morning while the temperatures are still cool, you’ll soon discover how easy using a manual push mower can be.