First-time Mowers: Mow Your Lawn Right

Mowing your first lawn can be a daunting task. Here are some helpful tips to make sure your lawn is healthy and mowing is a breeze!

Prep your mower

Read up on our earlier post on How to Ready your Lawn Mower Equipment for Spring. These tips on cleaning, oiling, and prepping your blade on your mower will ensure not only your safety but also a better cut to your grass.

Let the grass grow

4 inches when the weather is warm is a healthy link for grass. The higher the grass the more water it retains and that ensures healthier roots. Don’t mow every few days to let the grass breath and raise the deck on your lawn mower to let your grass grow longer before you mow.

Mow in a pattern- don’t cause unnecessary work!

Not following mow lines will cost you time. Follow a pattern using the following techniques

  • Stay on the edge of your lawn with your discharge chute pointing towards the center of your lawn
  • Start to mow around the perimeter of your lawn
  • When you get to where you started, make a U-turn so the discharge chute is facing the strip you just cut

You can watch this helpful video as a guide-


Don’t mow a wet yard

Mowing a lawn early before the sun gets too hot seems like a good idea (maybe not for your neighbors sake), but be weary of morning dew on the ground. Wet grass will clump up in your discharge chute making it clog. Wait until later in the morning or mow later in the evening to ensure that your discharge chute doesn’t clog and your tires are getting proper traction on a dry lawn. If you have a sprinkler system, make sure to time them around when you mow.

Get the right tires

Making sure you are getting the right tires for your equipment will ensure that your machine will run to its full potential.

OTR Litefoot                                                                                   OTR Garden Master                                                                  OTR Turf Smooth

OTR Litefoot- These tires are a happy medium, and are the most common on ride-on tractors. Their designs provides for decent traction on slick surfaces without digging up and damaging turf. Their footprint may result in some compacting and wear on the turf. These tires are generally used on highly trafficked turf, and will in most cases be the best option for the average lawn.

OTR Garden Master- Lug treaded tires are ideal for extreme traction. The term “lug” refers the raised bars that run across the tires. Lug can vary in depth, from shallow to deep. This lug helps to provide extreme traction by allowing the tire to push into the surface. These are particularly useful in slippery, dirty and muddy areas. They are most useful on steep slopes, as they allow the tractor to dig in and push up the slope. Lugs will dig into the ground and alters the turf. They will compact it, and dig it up as they move forward. This causes an issue when you require working on surfaces that shouldn’t be altered.

OTR Turf Smooth- These tires are great for avoiding damage to turf. The smooth surface allows for a gentle glide, without compacting or ruining the surface. This is the ideal tread for a tire when uniform, undisturbed surfaces are necessary; like golf courses. They allow the putting green to be mowed without leaving marks or compression that could alter the path of a golf ball. Unfortunately, the smooth treaded tires have the disadvantage of lacking traction. When it comes to slopes, these tires will not be of much use. They will slip and slide and get stuck in wet grass, mud and loose dirt.

Picking the right tread for you is the first step. Check out these helpful solutions to maintain your tires and making sure they last to their full potential.

Tips for the First Time Lawnmower Buyer: Make sure you are getting the right mower that will fit your needs and your lawns.

Make sure you are preparing your machines for winter: Check out our blog post to make sure the months leading up to spring aren’t hindering your equipment.

Rider Safety: Making sure you and your family know rider safety for any lawn and garden equipment will not only be beneficial to your machine but you and your loved ones.

Flat-Proofing Trylyner®: If flat tires are holding you and your tires back from being long lasting, check out our self-healing polyurethane rubber that is securely adhered to the inside of the tire casing.

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