Consumers with new or used tractor getting ready to mow their lawns this spring should consider changing things up a bit when it comes to the path they take.
According to a recent story from Eureka, California's Times-Standard, constantly using the same route while mowing a lawn could lead to soil becoming compacted, as the ground is still wet from rains seen in the spring.
"You can end up creating a washboard effect in which there are wavy ridges running at right angles to the direction of mowing," Terry Kramer, a garden writer for the paper, said.
Kramer also said that mowing a lawn too quickly could lead to the same pattern because the blades of the mower can't keep up with the speed it is traveling.
Along with taking time and switching things up, consumers should make sure their used tractors are in tip-top shape before taking to their yards. Having sharp blades will lead to a healthier lawn, along with more efficient cutting. Furthermore, changing filters on equipment can keep used tractors more environmentally friendly.