When you own a home with a large garden, lawn care and maintenance can seem like a daunting task. However, with a little planning, a riding lawn mower and the right parts and accessories, you can create a landscape that’s easy to manage without taking all day. Lawn tractors or riding lawn mowers are best for large gardens as they are less strenuous to operate, provide a cleaner, more professional cut, can carry attachments, and mow quickly and efficiently. Check out these tips for landscaping your lawn and mowing large gardens.
Reduce the space you need to mow using Landscaping
The first step in landscaping a large garden is to create a design that will break your garden up into outdoor rooms, each with its own focal point. Your layout will depend on how you and your family intend use your garden, but here are some landscaping ideas you may want to use as you get started:
- Create a border using hedges or other shrubs and extended flower beds
- Plant flowering trees for a shady reading spot and install a fountain
- Build a tool shed to hold your ride-on lawn mower, parts and other lawn care equipment
- Design private space for your family and friends with a patio, fire pit, stone pathways, hot tub and in-ground pool
- Plant a vegetable garden for an aesthetically pleasing and tasty addition to your garden
Obtain the right equipment
Ride-on lawn mowers or tractors are necessary tools to lighten the load when you own a home with a large lawn. Lawn mowing in a large garden requires a little bit of planning and the right lawn tractor attachments can help you make short work of your mowing chores. Consider a bagger attachment for your lawn tractor to collect cuttings and mix them into compost or spread them after you mow. If you’re making left turns the entire time, you grass clippings won’t be spread to evenly mulch the garden, but a bagger can help you make the most of them. Other lawn tractor attachments include mulching kits, snow thrower attachments for homes with a large driveway, and sun shades to keep you protected when you need to mow for longer periods of time.
Maintain your equipment with the right riding lawn mower parts
Having the right equipment doesn’t help much if it’s not in good condition. Take care of your machine by ordering the right riding lawn mower parts and performing annual maintenance. Sharp lawn mower blades lead to a clean cut that facilitates a healthy lawn, while dull mower blades leave your grass susceptible to diseases and weed growth. Blades and other riding lawn mower parts like belts and filters will need to be checked and potentially replaced each year due to natural wear and tear. But should a specific riding lawn mower part break or crack, it’s important to get it fixed immediately to prevent further damage to your machine.
Final tips for lawn mowing in large gardens
When you’re mowing, avoid mowing over the same patch twice. You can overlap slightly for nice clean lines, but you don’t want your grass to grow back unevenly. Plus, cutting too low in some areas can cause weeds to get more sunlight than they do in the rest of the lawn resulting in some nasty patches. When it comes to a mowing pattern, you can choose between lines and spirals depending on your personal preference. If you have a zero-turn riding lawn mower, it will handle the turns on a row design tight enough to avoid patches, but with other lawn tractors, you may want to consider a spiral design for an even cut without covering the same ground.