Why Riding Lawn Mowers Cannot mow in Reverse?


There are plenty of concerns regarding backward mowing, whether it’s with a standard push mower or a larger ride on mower. First and foremost is the safety issue of riding your lawn mower in reverse. You will not be able to see behind you while reversing and since puppies and small children are all smaller than the mower itself, the chances are that you will not see them either. Performance wise, your mower will not perform at its best when mowing in reverse.

One of the biggest problems being that the grass will not be discharged underneath the deck. The cut will be irregular because the blade will have to run in reverse leaving you with a choppy and uneven cut. There is really no reason why you should want to mow in reverse in the first place. Most mowers are so adept at turning that you shouldn’t have any problems steering or trying to manoeuvre out of a tight spot. Riding mowers are not racing cars and should be treated with respect in regards to your safety and that of others.

Should Riding Lawn Mowers be Used on wet Yards?

Mowing your lawn when its wet is generally frowned upon but sometimes you just have no other choice. Wet grass is extremely slippery and tends to stick to everything. If you are mowing at an incline, your riding lawn mower could slip and slide which is dangerous and can lead to accidents. Grass gets its green colour from chlorophyll which leaves a nice green stain when wet. Your clothes, mower and anything else will have a green coating when you mow wet grass.

Wet grass will stick and clump underneath your mower and clog the motor but if you are willing to go at a slow pace and clean as you mow, you can get around this. Mowing a wet lawn is detrimental to the grass itself and the last thing you want is a fungal or mould infection on your lawn. If you really have to mow wet grass then at least make sure your blades are very sharp to avoid ripping the grass.

Can Riding Lawn Mowers go Uphills?

Not every lawn is flat and level and you might find yourself having to mow uphill. Keep in mind that this is a riding lawn mower and not a stunt bike. Follow these safety tips to mow uphill without problems.

  • If the slope is very steep, go as slow as possible.
  • Keep an eye on the front uphill tyre, if it’s not solidly on the ground, slowly turn down hill.
  • If the machine kicks out of gear or the brakes fail, you need to have an escape route planned so that you can steer to safety.
  • Remember that a riding lawn mower can easily flip over when going up a steep hill. If the front of the mower comes up, use the rear wheels motive force to bring it down again.
  • Mow hills in an up and down direction and not across. Watch for holes and rocks, any uneven terrain could flip your mower over.
  • Do not mow uphill when the grass is wet or damp. You will have no traction and will slide around on the slope. The same goes for dry, drought stricken grass.
  • Avoid starting and stopping the machine on a slope and always keep the mower in gear when going down the slope. Do not coast down the slope in neutral.
  • Do not mow near drop offs, ditches or embankments and never try to stabilize the machine with your foot.
    You can mow uphill as long as you remember that you are riding a lawn mower and not a 4×4 rally car.

How fast do Riding Lawn Mowers Go?

If you are considering using your lawn mower as a drag racer, you can ride as fast as it will allow but when using it for mowing, slower is always better. If you mow too fast, your grass will end up being ripped and torn instead of cut neatly. Torn grass ends up turning brown which spoils the overall look of your lawn. When mowing wet lawn, you should always go slowly and regularly check for clumps of grass under the machine.

You don’t need to mow at a snail’s pace but it’s better to slow-mow if you are not familiar with the terrain or if there are holes and bumps along the way. Mowing on an incline or slope should always be done slowly to minimise the risk of overturning the mower with you on top of it. If you are mowing near a steep drop off or embankment, you should go at a slow speed to minimise the risk of accidentally mowing over the edge.


Riding lawn mowers are the best way to keep large areas of grass under control. Golf courses and farms benefit greatly from these mowers as they can save a lot of time and effort. You could of course mow these areas with your standard push lawnmower but that could take a while and do you really hat yourself that much?