Alternating lawn mowing direction

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David Clark asked 12 years ago

Years ago, when everyone used cylinder mowers, I was told to alternate lawnmowing directions; longitudinally one week, transversely the next. I can understand why this is desirable with a cylinder mower, but is it still needed with a rotary mower/lawn tractor on a relatively level surface? With my long, narrow lawns transverse mowing is a pain in the tractor seat!

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
Mowing in the same direction every time tends to leave clearly seen wheel tracks and the grass also tends to lie in the mowing direction.

Mowing across or at a diagonal helps to reduce this. There is no other reason and most people follow the same pattern each time.