Whether your yard is small, medium, or large, lawn mowing can be a real pain. Experts have long debated the most efficient way to mow a lawn. In most cases, the discussions boil down to mowing in spirals or rows. We put an end to the debate here, so read on to learn the fastest way to mow your lawn.
Step 1: Consider the distance of the yard and never mow the same patch of lawn twice.
Step 2: If you have a riding mower, you travel between 15 and 22 inches before making a 180-degree turn. If you make a tight turn, you will end up with uncut patches of lawn.
Step 3: Puzzle makers have discovered that both the spiral and row mowing techniques require the same amount of turns in terms of angular degrees.
Step 4: The nature of your turns using a spiral or row technique will vary. Turning only to one side has both mechanical and horticultural drawbacks. Though consistently turning a lawn mower in the same direction may not result in long-term wear to the machine, most mowers discharge to the right. This means that the machine regularly makes left-hand turns, which can wear on the lawn. If all turns are made to the left and the mower discharges on the right, the lawn will not be evenly mulched. Therefore, clippings should be bagged and spread when mowing in a spiral.
Step 5: With proper plotting of turns and bagging and spreading of clippings, the spiral and row mowing patterns are equally as efficient. Therefore, feel free to alternate between the two patterns without worry of consuming more time.
Step 6: If you are willing to sacrifice efficiency for making lawn moving more interesting, consider mathematically complex mowing patterns like the double spiral, zig zag spiral, four spirals, zig zag grid, Peano curve, and labyrinths. These are enough to get you lost in your own yard!