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Materials and Tools:
wrench (scene 5)
ramp for mower (scene 6)
Craftsman measuring tape
Craftsman work gloves logo
Start by checking mower.
Make sure you have the right mix of fuel. Never fill tank with mower on lawn; spills will kill grass. Never fill hot mower.
Tighten nuts and bolts.
Check sparkplug and air filter.
Wear ear protection, long pants and heavy shoes.
Check lawn for rocks or sticks.
Different types of grass should be cut at different heights: fescue 2–3 inches; bent grass 1/4–1 inch; Bermuda 3/4–1 1/2 inches; zoysia 1–2 inches; St. Augustine 1 1/2–2 1/2 inches; bluegrass 1 3/4–2 1/2 inches; rye 1 1/2–2 inches.
Clipping the crown off grass makes it branch out and become dense, which creates a tightly woven lawn. For healthy grass, never cut more than 1/3 of grass height. In drought, cut in lower range; in cooler weather cut in higher range.
Tip: If you cut 1/3 of height, clippings will decompose and go back into soil as nutrients.
For even surface, let wheels slightly overlap previous pass. Each time you mow, cut a different pattern: horizontal, vertical, lower right to upper left, lower left to upper right. Mow across lawns at an angle, not up and down.
Plant groundcover on steep slopes.
Trim along driveway and walks. Use an edger or trimmer, or for faster trimming, use mower. Cutting a wedge into soil along driveway and street allows you to trim with mower.
Tip: If you surround trees and shrubs with a circle of mulch 8 to 10 inches from base, you can trim edges with mower without danger of injuring bark.