One lawn mowing topic that can make people uneasy is what to do when you approach sticks and branches. On the one hand, you don’t want to harm your mower by running over large sticks and/or branches, but at the same time it can be a real hassle to have to pick up every last stick before beginning to mow. In this post, we explore how you should approach this most delicate lawn care topic.
How big is too big for sticks and branches?
Generally, your mower should be fine with running over small twigs or sticks. They should fit easily into the mower vacuum and cause no harm to the blade. Those who frequently mow over small twigs would do well to purchase a mulching mower, as it will process the twigs and convert them into mulch. The real challenge comes when you encounter large sticks and branches. In this regard, you should be aware of the difference between a stick (or branch) and a twig: sticks are much larger and should be avoided, while twigs are generally fine. As a general rule, anything less than one inch in diameter is acceptable. If your lawn is littered with branches larger than this, you really need to remove them prior to mowing. Otherwise, you risk dulling the blade and tearing the shear pins on the blade adapter. Sticks and branches also pose a safety hazard, as they are particularly susceptible to flying upward and hitting you in the face. You don’t want to lose an eye, so take a few minutes to clear your lawn before mowing.
There are a couple of other considerations you need to bear in mind. First, consider the age of the twigs or branches. If you have a lot of very dead wood, this is less likely to pose a problem for your mower. Additionally, it’s a great idea to trim any obtrusive plants or hedges before mowing. Ultimately, you want a mowing route that is clear and easy to navigate. Taking a few minutes to trim and clear sticks and branches from your lawn before mowing will ensure that you mow safely and efficiently.