So, you have put off mowing the lawn for a few weeks and now the mower is struggling. No need to call landscaping company to save the day. With just a few steps your lawn can manageable again.


Getting your work area ready for mowing.

  1. Walk around and scan for any objects hidden within the grass such as kid’s toys, dog leashes, stumps, and yards tools.  These objects can cause damage to the mower and nearby property when they hit the mower blade.
  2. Carefully weed-eat the sections of your lawn that are inaccessible by a mower, for example, around plants and fence lines.
  3. Raise the mower deck all the way up using the lever on the side. Some mowers have one lever that simultaneously raises the wheels.
  4. Add discharge shoot or open discharge slot. This will allow the grass to properly exit before it builds up in the mower deck. If you have a grass catching bag take it off.
  5. Skim over the higher areas of the lawn with a weed eater. This should make the process move along easier.

It is time to put the blade to the grass

mowing over grown lawn
  1. Choose one end of the lawn and start mowing in a straight line, be sure to make an overlap on your way back. If the engine starts to bog down in higher patches simple stop. If possible reverse mower and then continue forward again slowly.
  2. When you’ve reached the opposite end of lawn lower the deck to the desired height. Now you are ready to do a second pass over the previously mowed area.  You can optionally re-attach the mower bag and remove the side discharge shoot. If you prefer to leave clippings on the lawn, simply continue mowing a second time.

Always be aware of the direction the mower’s discharge shoot is facing. Grass can hit nearby properties and pedestrians in its path.