How To Cut Grass With a Lawn Mower


Cutting the grass gives your lawn a neat and well-cared for appearance. Keeping your grass properly cut also makes your lawn healthier by promoting a stronger root system in the grass, according to Ohio State University. Using a lawn mower makes cutting the grass an easier job than in the days before the mower's invention.

Step 1

Wait for a sunny day to mow your lawn, and only mow when the grass feels dry, according to Ohio State University.

Step 2

Set your lawn mower to mow at a height of 2 to 3 inches for most varieties of turf grass, or the medium height setting, according to the University of Rhode Island.

Step 3

Start along one side of your lawn and follow this side, mowing in a straight line, until you reach the end of your yard. Turn the mower around and follow a straight line in the opposite direction directly against the first row of grass mowed.

Step 4

Mow circular beds by mowing in a ring around the bed instead of following the rows.

Step 5

Cut the grass on the remaining of the lawn in straight rows and following the outline of circular beds.

Step 6

Repeat mowing so that you never cut more than 1/3 of the blade off at a time, according to the University of Rhode Island. For example, if you mowed the grass to 2 inches, cut it again when the grass reaches 3 inches so that you do not cut off more than 1/3 of the grass.


  • Ohio State University: Lawn Mowing
  • University of Rhode Island: Lawn Mowing
  • All About Lawns: Mowing 101
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