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How to Manage Pests

The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns

Equipment

Two basic types of lawn mowers


What to look for in a mower

Lawn mower safety tips

  • Refer to the instruction manual for information on use and care.
  • Never leave a running mower unattended.
  • Keep children and pets away from mowing operations.
  • Remove all objects (rocks, sticks, etc.) from the path of the mower.
  • Keep hands and feet clear of mowing parts.
  • Work across slopes, not up and down.
  • Don't pull a rotary mower backward unless absolutely necessary to maneuver the mower out of a tight spot.
  • Stop the motor or engine or disengage the cutting blade when moving the mower across a driveway, walk, or unmowed area.
  • Stop the engine or motor before you clean or adjust the mower.
  • Remove the sparkplug wire on gasoline models and disconnect the power on electrical models before working on the mower.
  • Keep gasoline only in specialized safety cans.

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