Joe Newland: Hello! I'm Joe with Black & Decker. Today we're here to talk about cutting and maintaining your yard. Some techniques of doing that would start with getting the mower started and this cordless mower is an example, it's very easy to start. It's very important to read the instruction manual thoroughly for all lawn equipment before use and follow all warnings and safety instructions.
By inserting the key into the switch area, pushing the button on the side here and pulling the lever back, the mower starts very simply. Often you'll find with the gas mower that it's much more difficult to get them started by pulling on the rope, having that gas, oil tune-ups to make sure that they do start effectively, much more difficult than a corded or cordless mower.
To make sure you have the cut height set properly, cut a small area of grass and determine that the cut height is set to follow the one-third rule. If not stopped, unplug or remove the key and readjust. Try it again.
You also want to look at your cutting results and see if there's any clippings that are remaining on top of the lawn. If they are visible, you need to raise the cutting height, slow down the pushing pace or limit your cut width to improve this. You also want to avoid allowing the mower to rub up against trees or plants as this can damage the plant. With non-corded motors, you typically would use the same mowing pattern. Most often 2 or 3 passes are made around the perimeter of the lawn and then you cut back and forth until the entire lawn is cut.
It is recommended that you change this mowing pattern occasionally to ensure that the cut in the lawn is done in different directions to avoid creating any ruts in your lawn from the wheels. This is more typical with heavier mowers, typical of a gas verses the lighter weight options.
For corded electric mowers, they require a slightly different approach. You start cutting closest to the outlet, typically closest to the house, and move in a back and forth manner away from that point. This keeps the extension cord always lying in the cut area out of the area to be cut. Avoid mowing in circles as the cord is harder to manage.
So there you have it, cutting the grass. Now, as you can see here that we're using a bag, so we're in the bagging mode, we need to know what to do with these clippings once that we have finished. You have two options; you can either put them in a compost pile if you have that available in your yard or you can put them in a refuse bin and be collected by the local municipality.
Those are some basic mower techniques. The next task in hand is sharpening the blade, maintaining a proper blade and then cleaning and storing your mower.