How to Mow With a Reel Mower


Many people use reel mowers to cut their lawn because they do not pollute the air with exhaust or noise. Mowing with a reel mower provides exercise while completing the task of cutting the lawn. These mowers are not difficult to use or maintain. Lawns mowed with reel mowers require cutting more often. This is because you cannot efficiently cut overgrown grass with this type of mower. Fortunately, despite the need to cut more often, the only maintenance that the mower requires is cleaning of debris off of the blades and sharpening of the blades.

Step 1

Clear the yard of any debris, including sticks, rocks, toys and anything that is in the lawn.

Step 2

Adjust the cutting height on the reel mower so you will cut only one-third of the grass height, or less.

Step 3

Push the reel mower around the edges of lawn. This will create a cut border and a place to turn around at the end of each pass.

Step 4

Move the mower to the inside of the path just cut, and mow around the edges of the area to be cut once again.

Step 5

Beginning at one end of the lawn, push the mower in a straight line.

Step 6

Turn the mower around.

Step 7

Move the mower to cut the lawn next to the area just cut.

Step 8

Push the mower in a straight line.

Step 9

Repeat Steps 6 to 8 to complete mowing the inside of the area that was outlined in Steps 3 and 4.

Step 10

Clear any debris from the blades of the reel mower using gloves or a brush.

Things You'll Need

  • Reel mower
  • Garden gloves or a brush


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About this Author

Carla Locke is based in Oberlin, Ohio, and has been writing since 1998. Her writing career began in technical writing and has expanded into Web content. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in biology and an Associate of Applied Business in e-business technology.