If you own a home with a steeply sloping backyard, you’ve probably bene pulling your hair out trying to figure out how best to mow it.
Now, other than getting a pair of goats to look after your inaccessible lawn, you might feel like you don’t have any other options – but there a few tricks you can use to tackle such areas.
The ‘Flymo on a rope’ trick
Firstly, I am not advising anyone to use this method – it can be dangerous and is quite possibly illegal under health and safety regulations.
However, this doesn’t mean it can’t work, but it is labour intensive and potentially hazardous.
All you need is a rope and a hover mower.
Tie the end of the rope around the trigger to keep the mower running, and stand at the top of the hill with rope in hand.
Then, walk back and forth along the top of the slope, controlling the direction of the mower with the rope.
The good thing is Flymo hover mowers are pretty lightweight and so it shouldn’t be too strenuous, but if you are using a mower with a cord, be very careful not to run over it!
Side-to-side, not up and down
If you’ve got a wheeled rotary mower, then the best way to mow a steeply sloping lawn is by working your way from side to side, slightly overlapping each pass. Just be very careful, because some mowers are liable to fall over, and they might take you with it!
Make sure you wear shoes with good ankle support, and if you are in any way physically disadvantaged this is probably not a good option.
Just Strim It!
Sometimes the best option for a steep bank is just to leave it as messy scrub, plant it up with a shrub that doesn’t require maintenance, or pass it over occasionally with a strimmer.