Dust is often an unavoidable element of mowing that can have a negative effect on a lawnmower. Accumulations of dust can potentially interfere with the basic mechanical operation of the mower and result from the lawnmower not performing as intended. Although dust is part of the mowing equation, there are steps that can be taken to lessen the amount of dust that results from operating a mower around a house or landscape.
Walk across the yard or area to be mowed and search for places without bud or patches of gravel which may produce considerable quantities of dust. Notice these places and avoid mowing there.
Put on work gloves to protect your hands while working. Rake up leaves, sticks and other debris that will cause excessive dust when cut from the rotating blades of the mower. Remove as much ground litter as you can prior to mowing to control dust.
Lightly Water bare exposed ground with a garden hose to settle on the dirt to lessen the production of dust whilst mowing. Turn the water supply to the hose and gently sprinkle the barren region to the point where the dirt is moist but not soaked to the point of getting muddy.
Decide on a time to mow if the wind isn’t blowing like in the morning or late afternoon to minimize blowing dust. Keep in mind that early morning occasions might be accompanied by heavy dew that can lead to wet grass that will potentially clump on the ground or shake the mowing deck discharge chute.
Disengage the mower blades when approaching bare spots in the lawn or gravel areas to minimize dust. Drive the mower to the point at which the bare spot or gravel starts, stop the mower and disengage the blades. Allow the blades to completely stop before advancing. Once you’re past the area, stop the mower again and again engage the blades.