You love the way in which your lawn mower turns swiftly and cuts the grass perfectly. Using such a machine is actually quite fun. With the walk-behind models you get a nice workout. With the riding models, you simply enjoy the ride. Are there more fun things to do with the mower? Absolutely, you can enjoy various different experiences which will put a smile on your face. Here they are.
Lawn Mower Racing
This is actually a motorsport which turns 40 in 2013. It has long-term traditions and it is popular in the US and the UK and in many other parts of the world. The sport is fun and thrilling and you will certainly enjoy it every much.
In order for you to race, you will need a riding lawn mower which has been especially modified for racing. The engine does not undergo any changes. Only the blade is removed for safety purposes. The races take place on dirt tracks, which can be flat or bumpy. Usually, there are plenty of turns so that the race is more exciting for both the participants and the spectators.
There are no strict age limits, when it comes to lawn mower racing. Even kids older than 11 years of age can participate. It can be a huge family fun.
If you have a riding lawn mower, you can participate in neighborhood races. For these, you do not have to modify the machine. Typically, a strip of a street is closed and the riders have to reach the finish line as quickly as possible.
Lawn Mower Challenges
Have you mastered the lawn mowing techniques to perfection? Can you mow a lawn super quickly and evenly? Are you excited when it comes to challenges? If your answer to all of these questions is yes, then you are certainly ready to participate in mowing competitions.
There are formally organized lawn-mowing competitions. These are typically arranged by lawn mower clubs and neighborhood organizations. Your performance is evaluated based on speed and on the quality of your work. If you are truly into mowing and have achieved above average level, you can readily participate in these challenges.
You can organize lawn mower challenges yourself. Talk to your next door neighbor about the opportunity of mowing your lawns at the same time and making a mini competition. This is a fun way to get motivated to do the job more quickly and efficiently. Besides, you will not have to worry about disturbing your neighbor with the noise you are making and vice versa.
Do you love the way in which golf courses are striped? If so, you must know that you can readily achieve this effect on your lawn by yourself. For the purpose, you will need a manual reel mower or a striping kit which can be attached to the rear of your rotary mower. The striped effect is actually easy to achieve. You just need to tune the tool properly and then cut the grass in such a way that on one pass it is pushed in one direction and with another pass, on the other. The technique is fairly simple and anyone can use it. You will have lots of fun creating and enjoying the striping.
Figures and Words
You can create figures and “write” words on the grass using your lawn mower. The striping technique is a great way to create square mosaics and even to write simple messages such as “I love u”. It is also possible to create figures and letters by cutting the grass very low in order to define the contours of the shapes which you want to produce.
I have to tell you that this is hard work, but it is a lot of fun as well. Your efforts will pay off especially when you want to surprise a special someone. Just keep in mind that cutting the grass at different heights has to be done carefully considering the health of the lawn. Once your creation is well appreciated and documented, you can readily trim the grass again so that it is even. In general, you should try to cut no more than the top 1/3rd of the grass for it to grow in a healthy way.
You can have lots of fun with your lawn mower after the end of its useful life as a grass trimming machine. If you have a gas powered unit and the engine is still in good condition, you can readily use it for powering a simple go-kart. It is easy to build such a kart using parts from different items which are no longer in use in the home. Of course, you can readily order new ones if you wish. With a go-kart, you will be able to enjoy pleasant rides and to participate in races.
You can use all of these ideas for having fun with your lawn mower. Just make sure that you always adhere to the safety rules.