Lawn Mower Tips
Sharpen the blade when necessary during the mowing season.
Dull lawn mower blades tear and mutilate the grass blades. This makes it easier
for disease organisms to attack the grass plants. It also takes the grass plant
a longer period of time to recover from the mowing. Mowing with dull blades will
give the lawn a straw-brown appearance instead of lush and green. The safety
consideration is that a sharp blade requires less effort in operating the mower.
A dull blade requires more physical effort and increases the chance for an accident
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In addition to the general guidelines for mower safety,
follow these guidelines for riding lawn mowers: Before starting the engine, make
sure the transmission is out of gear and the mower blade clutch is disengaged.
Never allow extra riders on the lawn mower. Slow down when turning and when working
on slopes. Mow up and down slopes rather than across them. Always look behind
you before backing.
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A lawn mower (often spelled as one word - lawnmower) is
a machine (electric or mechnical) used to cut grass to an even length. It was
invented in Britain in 1830 by Edwin Beard Budding, primarily to cut the lawn
on sports pitches and expansive gardens. Since many sports had just been invented
in Britain that required a flat soft ground (such as croquet, tennis, football
and rugby), a more efficient way of making grass a uniform length was needed,
and so the lawn mower was born. Previously, grass was cut by hand using a scythe.
There are two main types of lawnmowers, those where a set
of cylindrical blades spin in a vertical forwards motion, and those whose blades
spin horizontally. The latter type are usually powered by engines running on
gas, although versions with electric motors are becoming increasingly popular.
Cordless electric lawnmowers are also available for small lawns.
The simplest kind of mower is the manual push mower. These
always use the cylindrical type blades. This works by spinning the cutting blade
at a fast speed, with power supplied by the user pushing it, rotating its wheels,
which are then geared to the cutting blades. The blade rotates forward over the
grass, pulling it into the blade and against a fixed plate - the blade and plate
cause a scissor-like slicing action which cuts the grass.