Healthy and green lawns are achieved by incorporating several care practices. One of these care practices is maintaining the lawn at the correct height by cutting it with your lawn mower. Although mowing your grass is as simple as pushing the lawn mower across the yard in multiple paths until the entire lawn is cut, you need to know what height to mow your grass at and how often to mow it to ensure it remains healthy. Lawns mowed too short or too high will suffer a decline in health. The same applies to lawns that are not mowed frequently.
Check the oil and gas levels in your lawn mower and add these fluids as necessary. Refer to your lawn mower's owners manual for instructions on how to check these fluids.
Set the cutting height on your lawn mower to the correct level. See Resources for a mowing chart that lists species of grass and their recommended mowing heights. Adjust the cutting height by adjusting the levers that are found at each wheel on your lawn mower. Once again, refer to your owner's manual to see how your particular model is adjusted.
Push your lawn mower over to where you will begin cutting your grass. Prime the engine by pushing the priming bulb four or five times. The priming bulb is a little red bulb and is located on the engine.
Hold the blade control handle against the upper handle of the lawn mower. Grasp the pull cord and pull it rapidly. Keep pulling until the lawn mower starts.
Push your lawn mower across your yard. Walk in parallel paths that overlap slightly to ensure all the grass gets cut. Continue to walk across the yard until all the grass has been mowed.
Release the blade control handle to shut the engine off. Store the lawn mower until its next use.
Mow your grass every four to seven days to ensure you do not remove more than one-third of the grass blade at each mowing.