How to Cut Grass With a Riding Lawn Mower on Slopes

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How to Cut Grass With a Riding Lawn Mower on Slopes
Riding lawnmowers can tip over much easier on a slope. (rasenmähertraktor image by Ideenkoch from

One of the most common hazards associated with riding lawnmowers is the "loss of stability," according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Mowers can tip or roll over much easier when the operator is riding on a slope. Even though riding lawnmowers sit low to the ground, the centre of gravity can change. That's why, to prevent accidents and spills, extra caution is necessary when you must mow on an inclined piece of ground.

Skill level:


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    Shift the riding lawnmower into a low gear when you get to the slope. Mowing slowly will allow you to move over the area in a controlled manner. It will also prevent the need for stopping or shifting while on the slope, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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    Mow up and down the slope--never across the slope--to help prevent the machine from tipping over. As you mow, watch for holes, ruts, rough ground and other obstacles that could flip the lawnmower over. Make gradual turns instead of sharp ones.

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    Leave the shifter in gear when you go down a slope, to help maintain control. The transmission will help keep the mower at a governed speed. Shifting into "neutral" will cause the mower to freewheel and travel too quickly.

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    Drive to a level spot and empty the grass catcher often (if applicable) when you mow on a slope. Don't let it fill up, because the weight of a heavy grass catcher can adversely affect the centre of gravity of the riding lawnmower, according to the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose a dry-weather day to mow a slope, and don't mow early in the morning if the grass is dewy. Wet grass can make the mower tires lose traction.
  • If the lawnmower tires ever lose traction on a slope, shut the blades off and move slowly in a straight path back down the slope.
  • Never try to keep a lawnmower upright by placing your feet on the ground, according to the LSU Agricultural Center, because they could get caught under the mower.

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