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Should I Change Directions When Mowing?

Nov 3


The old saying is that "the grass is always better when it's mowed from different sides."

Okay, that's not exactly how the cliche goes. It is important from one of lawn mowing tips to remember before you mow your lawn.


Learn why it is essential to change the route every time you mow. Find out the best mowing patterns to suit your machine.

Do I have to Change My Mowing Direction Every Time?

Yes! Why? Because grass repeatedly mowed in the same direction will be trained to only lean in one direction. Rotating the tracks frequently can result in soil compaction and rutting. 


This is when soil particles become too compacted, making it difficult for water and air into lawn roots.


Mowing in one direction can cause the lawn to look tired over time. The ideal grass stem should be straight up and tall. This is possible by cutting in various directions.


Lawn Mowing Patterns For A Push Mower

To create a striped lawn, you can weave your mower horizontally, vertically, or diagonally across the property. Here's how:


  • Begin by trimming the lawn around the perimeter.
  • Next, mow along. Once you reach the end, turn the mower around so that the line is slightly indistinguishable from the original.
  • To create a pattern, keep mowing back and forth.
  • Continue to roll over the lawn around its perimeter.


It is essential to start in one direction the first week. Let's call it horizontal. Then, use the same technique to mow your lawn vertically the following week and diagonally the week after.

Riding Lawn Mower Designs

A riding mower is slower than a push mower and can be used in a more straightforward pattern. Roll around your yard once or twice and close in to make a minor perimeter cut. 


Then, make smaller and smaller squares till you reach the middle.


You can also use the Zamboni to mow your lawn like a professional. Think of a big machine that smooths over an ice rink. Here's how to make it happen:


  • You can trim the grass border and ride the entire length of the lawn.
  • Continue around the perimeter in the opposite direction and then return down the middle, slightly overtaking the first line.
  • Continue this process until you have lines that cross the entire yard.