What’s the best way to mow a lawn?

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Feature -

It is al­ways a chal­lenge to work out the most ef­fi­cient way to mow a lawn. Clock­wise? Anti-clock­wise? Rows? Spi­rals? The an­swer is, it de­pends. 1 What side does your ride-on dis­charge clip­pings?

There are two schools of thought. If your mower sends clip­pings out to the right, mow in a clock­wise di­rec­tion. This means you mow over the clip­pings you’ve just cut, slowly shuf­fling them into the mid­dle of the lawn. Some will dis­ap­pear with all the cut­ting and re­cut­ting. The re­main­der will form one fi­nal row of clip­pings which is easy to rake up. You will also avoid blow­ing clip­pings into the side of build­ings or through a win­dow or door.

How­ever, if your grass is long and/or wet, it’s a bet­ter idea to mow so clip­pings are blow­ing to the out­side. This way, you don’t have to mow over them which can block up your deck and cre­ate ran­dom clumps of wet grass. 2 Are you mow­ing in rows or cir­cles? Some very keen peo­ple at Pop­u­lar

Me­chan­ics magazine asked a mas­ter puz­zler to work out what was more ef­fi­cient: mow­ing in straight lines or spi­rals. To make it easy, they worked it out as­sum­ing a flat area of lawn with no trees or gar­den beds.

The most im­por­tant fac­tor is not to mow over the same area twice. That’s easy if you have a zero-turn mower but more of a prob­lem if you don’t.

They also cal­cu­lated how many turns it took, com­par­ing rows and spi­rals. For the area they set up, it re­quired a lot of math­e­mat­ics to work out they both re­quired a to­tal of 30 turns.

The re­sult was a tie.

The most im­por­tant fac­tor is not to mow over the same area twice

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