I have a push mower (two wheels on the front and two on the back). When I mow around my circular pine or mulch islands 1 2, a wheel inevitably falls into the island and buzzes my grass, leaving streaks of brown. I like keeping the grass pretty short if I can. I have resorted to using a weed eater to trim the grass around the islands, but it is hard work. Any tips (ideally not requiring a new mower)?

You can see the brown streak in the top image 1.



  • Can you add a photo of the pine island, please?
    – Jurp
    Aug 22, 2022 at 19:32
  • @Jurp Good idea. Done. This one is a mulch island. Maybe filling in the mulch would help keep the mower level? I tend to send the mulch flying whenever I edge.
    – Bob
    Aug 22, 2022 at 19:36

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  • Fill in (or rake back after edging) the mulch should work.
  • Provide a hard edge that won't go flying (such as bricks or pavers) for the mower wheel to ride on should work.
  • Cut the grass higher (which lets it put down deeper roots, too, so it's healthier and more drought-resistant) should work, but you don't like that.
  • A different mower you don't want to buy now that has more overhang beyond the wheel track would work. So when this one dies, give that a thought when replacing it.

Why nobody seems to make a mower with selectable string trimmers mounted on either side is beyond me, as it seems like it would be handy to a lot of users, and a great sales gimmick.

  • What a creative idea. / I doubt the push mower will ever die. Aug 24, 2022 at 0:44
  • All great ideas. Thank you. I didn't realize the other benefits to cutting it higher so I will consider that too.
    – Bob
    Aug 25, 2022 at 14:48

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