How to mow your lawn – a Mom’s guide.

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Confession: until Friday, I did not know how to mow the lawn. Well, I know how but I didn’t know how to use a common push lawnmower. I know, ridiculous. Do you know how?? Growing up my Dad had a driving lawnmower because we had a bit of land to mow and our front yard was mostly gravel and river rock with some shrubs and stuff so a normal push lawnmower wasn’t really necessary. Hence, me never learning how to do it. I feel like this is one of those things you need to know how to do. Kind of like riding a bike or changing a tire. You just need this skill. I was lacking it for far too long.

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Isn’t this pink tree down the street amazing? Photo via my iPhone/Instagram feed.

Our lawnmower bit the dust last Fall and Winter came and we didn’t need one. Fast forward past the longest winter ever and it’s now Spring in New York and the grass is growing! YAY! I loooove Spring, you guys. The winter chill is gone, birds sing, flowers bloom, my kids can go outside(!!!) and the sun is out. This Arizona girl needs sun. Oh my gosh, PS. the cutest little red robin made a nest in my tree right beside my porch and it was SOOO cute!!! It’s so tiny and has a bright blue robin egg inside the perfect little nest.

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Anyway, we got a new lawnmower this week and it was time I learned to use it. It’s always bugged me that I didn’t know how. It’s not hard at all, I’ve just never had anyone show me before. I thought to myself, I wonder if there are other girls out there that could use a little walk through of this pretty easy, absolutely necessary skill

1. Check to make sure there is gas in it. Easy.

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2. Check the oil. All lawn mowers are a little different but it’s got the same little dipstick thing that a car has. Make sure it’s full so your engine is lubricated and doesn’t cease up. That’d be bad.

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3. Prime it by pushing this little red button 3 times.

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4. Grasp the handle bar and the skinny bar that starts the lawnmower. I could not find the real name of that bar for the life of me but just know, the lawnmower will not start unless it is pulled back flush with the handle bar. Use the pull start (the cord with a little handle) to start the engine. It may take a couple pulls.

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5. Start by mowing your perimeter. You can have half of the mower on your driveway or sidewalk to get the very edge.

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6. Push the mower up and back in even rows. I overlapped each row so I didn’t miss any spots.

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Tada!!! So easy! PS. Can you believe how green this first Spring grass is? I didn’t edit the color at all and it is so bright and fresh! I love it!

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If your lawn is all ready to play, try and build this cute little seesaw for your kiddos!

DIY Kids Seesaw tutorial


    • says

      That’s totally why I have never known how to use one! I grew up on a big lot so I had no need to learn how to use a push mower but I’m glad I do now! LOL! Thanks for stopping by Katie! xoxo

  1. says

    This is wonderful! I just graduated college and only push-mowed a small section of our lawn once in my life. We too had a riding mower and my mom and older sister enjoyed driving/riding, so I never learned. I won’t need this skill quite yet, as I am renting, but some day… I am determined to learn (or will have no other choice). Love your blog!

  2. says

    I was just talking about this with my male friend. I personally had to learn how to mow my lawn. My sister has not. I know lots of women who have not. I was wondering myself how many ladies never ever learn or have to learn. I am glad I did and your post was great. I just need to work on the straight lines thing. My backyard is small and has lots of obstacles. Great How To!
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  3. Karen says

    As an extra tip from one who has done a lot of grass cutting in her life, you can tie a strip of cloth around the two bars (handlebar and skinny bar) to keep them together without you having to constantly hold them together while you cut the grass. Then when you are ready to turn the mower off, just slide the cloth down the side of the handle until it passes the skinny bar. Leave it there on the side of the lawn mower bar for the next time you cut grass. I hope this is helpful.

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