Teach Me To (series)

Teach Me To Mow The Lawn

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Think because your husband takes care of the yard, you don’t need to know how to mow the lawn? That’s what I thought. Then my Gary broke his right ankle (while mowing!) and I had to take over those duties while his broken bone mended.

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That’s life. Things happen – broken bones, fishing trips, sickness, extended business trips, extended-family emergencies. There will likely be a time you’ll have to fill in for your man. Because if you simply wait till he’s available, the job will be that much harder. And you risk peeving your neighbors.

Now, you could just do a willy-nilly hack job when you mow the lawn. As long as it’s cut, who cares if looks like Albert Einstein’s hair? You do. For a few reasons.

  1. If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well. You probably heard that from a parent growing up. Still true.
  2. There’s nothing like the feeling of impressing your husband when his expectations are low. You want to kill this, girl.
  3. If you are a parent trying to teach your children point #1, you don’t want to teach them “do as I say and not as I do.” You have to model it.

So let’s learn to mow the lawn.

I’m including a video as the main tutorial of this lesson because there’s no wife sense in re-inventing the wheel (see what I did there? ?) when someone else has already done it better than I could. But before we start the video, here are the pro tips you need to know:

  • Never mow wet grass. Not only can it damage your mower and leave grass clumps on your lawn which look hideous, it’s a slipping hazard for you.
  • Hopefully, your husband has the mower blade sharpened at the beginning of every season. If he doesn’t, you have it sharpened. Take it to a lawn mower service center and they’ll do it for about $10. It’s the difference between cutting the lawn and shredding it.
  • Don’t set the mower height to the lowest level thinking it will give you more time till you have to cut it again. Scalping your lawn will weaken its root system and could brown it out. Besides, taller grass keeps weeds at bay.
  • Never cut off more than 1/3  of the grass blade – even if it’s gotten too tall. In that case, you’ll have to mow it down in two or three stages over the course of several days.
  • Unless you have to bag it, leave short clippings to naturally fertilize the soil.
  • Before you start, make sure any small toys, sticks, and dog poop are picked from the yard.  You don’t want that stuff flying about.

Check the oil and gas levels before you start the engine. You want to make sure they’re filled. Usually, there’s a red rubber button that you push 2 or 3 times to prime the engine with gas. Then you hold the safety bar down (or it won’t start) while pulling the start cord. Or if you’re lucky, you turn the start key on your model that has this feature. If you’ve never touched your lawn mower before – they’re all different – ask your husband or helpful neighbor for how-to start specifics. Or Google it.

Our Feature Presentation

I chose this video, How Mow A Lawn, after watching several on YouTube. It was the most practical and comprehensive. (The only drawback is Roger’s Boston accent is thicker than clam chow-da.)

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Now if you really want to impress your man, get out the weed trimmer and blower. He’ll be floored. So worth the look on his face, don’t you think?


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  • LOVE this! I am spoiled with my hubby doing this also. Three years ago he ripped his calf muscle in half and was on crutches for weeks. GREAT to know.

    • Wife Sense

      Ouch for hubby! Really, stuff happens, right? BTW, do you know how sweet it is for The How-to Guru to say she loves a “how-to” post on another blog?! Thanks!

  • Blair Emma Bondurant

    I grew up having to mow the lawn with a push mower. But the second my dad got a driving lawn mower, it was all him. He wouldn’t let anyone mow! Haha!

    • Wife Sense

      My husband is the same way as your dad, Blair. Boys love their toys. ?

  • Abeer AF

    When I read the title first thing thought of is I don’t need to learn my husband does it and you exactly said that. LOL. Great information though and I never thought that I would need to do it one day 🙂

    • Wife Sense

      You just never know what’s going to happen, Abeer! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Neely

    My husband loves mowing the lawn. I am not so much with nature 🙂

    • Wife Sense

      Haha, yup. I’m “not so much with nature” either – but that lawn wasn’t going to mow itself while my husband recovered. Pray your husband stays healthy, Neely! ??

  • AAAMEN. I had to mow the lawn when my husband was deployed… i actually started to love taking care of the lawn… it became my 3rd baby <3
    after changing duty stations, this lawn is a lot more unforgiving and basically growing weeds 🙁 boooo! i hope to have another beautiful lawn soon! We don't have lots of land so a push mower is my FAVORITE THING. it's also a little bit of a work out too! hehe!

    • Wife Sense

      We had a push mower when I was a kid, and you’re not lying, it IS a workout. Hope you get the lawn of your dreams someday. ⛳️