A beautiful lawn is not just good for the visual appeal, but it’s also good for the environment. Unlike other surfaces such as concrete or wood, a yard reduces the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by producing more of the oxygen we need. Lawns also help trap stormwater, improve the soil structure, reduce noise pollution, and keep the place cooler. That is why it is advantageous when we have lawns in our homes, schools, or offices.
For a grass garden to have visual appeal, then it should be evenly cut. If your lawnmower doesn’t cut evenly, then there are some problems. Before getting to fix the uneven cutting, we must first understand problems that lead to the lawn mower cutting unevenly.
Reasons why a mower cuts unevenly
- Wrong leveling of the deck
When the mower’s tires don’t have the same amount of pressure, one side is higher than the other. This makes the mower wobble as it moves, and the deck sits unevenly. You will then have patches where the grass is unevenly cut.
- Blunt, damaged, or worn-out blades
For even cutting, the mower must not have worn out, damaged or dull blades.
- A clogged deck
As the mower is moving, debris and grass build-up under the deck. If it is not cleaned after a while, the mower will cut unevenly. This happens especially in the rainy season.
- A damaged deck shell
The Deck shell must be in good shape for the mower to evenly cut the grass. The damage could be caused by rust or by breakage. The good thing is that most lawn mowers are made of steel and are repairable by welding.
- A bent or lose spindle
The spindle helps your mower pulley system efficiently and ensures that the mower has the power to perform the task. This means that when it is bent or loose, the mower will not do a great job. That is when you begin seeing that your yard has unevenly cut grass.
- Wrong installation of the blades
If you do not install the blades the way they are supposed to, you will see that their functionality is not sufficient. You will either see uneven cuts, stingers, stepped cutting, or scalping.
Tips for repairing an unevenly cutting riding or pushing mower
- Check your four tires and inflate them to the guidance of the manufacturer.
- Using the manufacturer’s manual, set the front and the rear of the mower. After that, ensure that you correctly level the deck to a spot where it is supposed to be.
- Clean the grass cut-offs and debris from the deck.
- Slow your ground speed so that the zero turn mowers gets the time to cut all the grass. The engine should be moving at its full speed to power the mower.
- Be careful how you overlap and turn. If you don’t do this correctly, then there are chances that you will leave patches of your garden with uneven grass.
- Inspect your blades before working on your grass plot. If they are dull, sharpen them. If they are damaged or worn out, replace them. That’s the only way you are going to get even grass in your garden.
- Replace worn-out belts and pulleys.
- Repair your spindle. If it is badly damaged, consider replacing it with a new one.
- Replace any bent mower deck.
It requires a lot of work to get a beautifully cut front or backyard. It is also essential to read and take into consideration what is in the manual guide. It will save you a lot of money and time since you will understand how to handle the lawnmower correctly. Just like any other machinery, remember to take precautions since the mower can cause bodily injuries. If you cannot repair the mower by yourself or you do not have the knowledge, seek professional advice.