6 Strategies for Mowing High Obstacle Lawns


If you mow lawns, you will probably come across your fair share of congested, high-obstacle yards. Fountains, outdoor furniture, planters, trees and statues are all yard features lawn care professionals don't look forward to. Mowing lawns that are full of obstacles can be frustrating, time consuming and has the potential to leave unattractive mowing patterns. But, as a lawn care professional, you are used to solving problems. Here are some strategies for how to mow a yard with a lot of obstacles efficiently.

  1. Remove anything you can Always remove debris, but it’s also usually worth the time to move any tables, chairs or even some statues if they are not too permanent, before mowing.
  2. Mow before you trim – This is up for debate, but when mowing lawns that have a lot of obstacles, you may be surprised at the spots you can or can’t reach with a mower. Mowing first will make it obvious, so you can save time weed eating.
  3. Do the hard part first – Mow a border around obstacles first. This will keep you from having to slow down much when you mow the bulk of the lawn. Sometimes you might even start with a border around a central object then just keep spiraling out to mow the rest of the lawn. On the other hand, if you are striping a lawn, you can go around an object as you come to it. But be sure to make your roundabout cut into the uncut side so you can cover it over with a straight cut as you go.
  4. Divide and conquer – Either mentally or on paper, divide the yard into uncluttered geometric areas so you can mow each section uninhibited by the obstacles that divide it. For example, if there is a large planter in the middle, treat that as a divider and mow the open sections on each side rather than navigating around it while you try to mow the whole lawn at once.
  5. Adjust blade height – In some yards, after removing small objects like rocks or toys, you still may be a bit wary of many unseen “landmines.” In a few cases, if you mow lawns that don’t need very short cut heights (like larger fields or less-used wooded areas), it might be worth raising your blade height a little.
  6. Use a maneuverable mower – Even when you know how to mow a yard strategically, your best bet for getting it done quickly is to use the right mower. A highly maneuverable mower such as the Wright Stander I™ will multiply your productivity on high-obstacle lawns. Many Wright mowers have features like small footprints to maneuver closely around obstacles, combined with the power and cut speed to mow lawns with large open areas quickly.

Using the above strategies can help you amp up your productivity when dealing with high-obstacle lawns. Wright designs all of its products to help lawn care professionals tackle many terrains as effectively as possible. To learn more, book a Demo today!

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