Here are some lawn mowing tips and instructions that you will find useful, especially for new homeowners:
Cut lawns when it reaches 2-3 inches in length.
Cut no more than 1/3 of the grass blade length at a cutting.
Alternate cuttings, going horizontally and vertically across the lawn. For a neat look, cut the lawn diagonally.
Leave grass clippings on the lawn to decompose. As they decompose, they provide natural, organic nitrogen to the lawn, keep moisture in, and helps to minimize weeds.
Always mow when the lawn is dry. This will save wear and tear on your mower. It will also keep cut grass from clumping on the lawn, and minimize the spread of disease.
Check the mower blade regularly to assure a sharp cut. Dull blades will hack and chop the blade, leaving unattractive ragged, brown edges, and risking lawn damage.
Mowing your lawn at a longer length provides a longer grass blade to absorb sunlight and photosynthesis, helping to create a healthier lawn. High mowing, as it is called, also helps block out crabgrass and weeds.
Change the oil each year.
Change the spark plug as needed.
Clean out the underside of the mower of any grass buildup once a month.
Clean the air filter regularly.
Wipe the body of your mower to remove grass, dirt and dust, and any moisture after each use. It will look better, and last longer.