The two main mowing patterns for cutting your lawn are a spiral or row pattern. The type that works best for your lawn depends on your type of lawn mower and its turning radius. Making as few turns as possible decreases the time and effort, and gasoline or electricity, spent on grooming your lawn. Mowing a square lawn in either pattern takes exactly the same number of turns to complete your task.
Place a lawn mower on a flat surface that is clear of debris, such as a driveway or sidewalk. Start any type of lawn mower as you normally do after filling the gas tank and checking the oil level.
Move a push mower or zero turn radius lawn mower to the nearest corner of your square lawn. Mow one straight strip down the edge of the lawn to the other side. When you reach the end of the lawn, turn either type of lawn mower around 180 degrees. Mow a strip next to the first one to mow the lawn in rows. Place the wheels on one side in the area that is cut from the previous row to align your mower in the path of uncut grass.
Drive a riding lawn mower to the nearest corner of your lawn. Mow down the edge and turn 90 degrees when you reach the other side. Mow a strip down the second side, along the edge and turn 90 degrees. Mow the third and fourth sides in the same manner. Continue mowing the lawn in a spiral pattern toward the center of the lawn.
Mow around obstacles such as flowerbeds, trees and structures when they occur within your path in both a row and spiral pattern. Mow as closely as possible on each side and return to your mowing pattern.