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Mowing your lawn is such a chore. The sun is beating, and this isn’t the 1950s, so no one is in your cheering section waiting by your side with icy cold lemonade or iced tea. But it needs to be done, lest you are that home on the block with ragged grass and weeds sproutin’ every which way. There are two incredibly efficient (therefore, correct) ways to mow your lawn, but first you need to factor in what kind of grass you have. Why? Well, this will determine the ideal length you’ll be looking for. Check out our handy grass height guide below before you move on to the right ways to mow: 

heights

Okay, so now that you know how short to cut your grass, it’s time to learn the two methods that work best. For this, we’ll be working with a 16-foot by 16-foot lawn (just adapt these methods to your lawn size!).

The first method is called rows, because, well, you cut in uniform rows and make a series of left and right-hand turns to do so. Your path should look like this:

grass

In total, you will make 30 turns (14 left, 16 right), and how long it takes will really depend on how slowly (or quickly) you push your mower. It’s important to make precise and uniform 90-degree turns, or else you may end up with patches. And well, then you’ll have to go back and then it’s no longer efficient, is it?

Okay, next up is Spirals, which, you guessed it, is cutting in a spiral pattern. There are no left turns required here, but you may get dizzy. Your path should ultimately look like this:

spirals

Okay, so that is 30 right-hand turns. Working inside-out may seem like the most practical way to do this, but it isn’t. See, once you’ve done the cutting, you need to collect the trim. So, if you were to work inside-out, then you’d have to return in and go back out again. Working outside-in, your walk back includes picking up excess grass. It’s a small time-saver, but hey, it’s definitely more efficient.

Which you choose is up to your preference, as they are both correct. Each method requires the same amount of work to complete, and each is totally efficient, making it so your next mow job is a short one.

Got the basics? Great! Now watch how this genius put the rows method to work: