How do I mow steep slopes

Too difficult to mow the lawn on a slope? - 5 alternatives presented!

A hillside garden can be a real challenge. Mowing the lawn in particular is very difficult. Here are 5 ideas to make mowing the lawn on a slope easier.

Mowing the lawn is one of the regular gardening tasks that very few people really enjoy doing. At the beginning of a gardening season you literally pull yourself over it, after all, you have put your feet up long enough in winter. But between the middle and the end it is only an obligatory ritual. But lawn mowing becomes an annoying affair especially when the lawn is uneven or you have to mow along a slope.

Slope gardens in particular demand a lot of physical exertion. So you have to laboriously push the heavy machine up the slope and then watch out that the lawnmower does not race down the mountain - with you in tow. It is not uncommon for accidents to occur in such situations.

In addition to the physical exertion, mowing the lawn on a slope can also damage the lawnmower. To avoid this, it is important to find an alternative, especially on steep slopes.

Mowing a hillside garden - 5 alternatives to a lawnmower

Alternative 1: use Sense

What was traditional in the past is seldom produced nowadays. We are talking about scythe. After all, mowing with the lawn mower is quicker and easier. Experts are unanimous in this regard: Proper scythe is not an act of strength and is also easy on the back.

So before you struggle uphill and downhill with the lawnmower, you should use traditional tools again. However, you should pay attention to the correct size here. You can find out which criteria you use to find your suitable size at DIY.

The advantage of a scythe is that you can mow even when the lawn is wet. With a normal lawnmower it is better not to do that because otherwise the cutter will “stick”.

" A little hint: Of course, after the first time, the result will not look like a lawnmower cut. But after a little practice, you will definitely be happier with your sense result.

Easier work with the brushcutter
For those who like it more convenient and want a more even result, I recommend purchasing a brushcutter - see market leader stihl.de. The electric counterpart to the hand scythe works precisely and you are finished faster.

Alternative 2: let the robotic lawn mower drive

A robotic lawnmower is a great invention for those who no longer want to mow their lawn by hand. But does he also manage slopes successfully? Yes! Provided that it has a drive that can cope with steep gradients. Because not everyone can do that.

My research shows that three Husquarna models (nice overview on contorion.de) deliver the best performance for slope systems. These robotic lawnmowers create an incline angle of up to 45 degrees. For comparison: other models only reach 25 degrees. In addition to the better drive, the little lawn racers need a powerful motor and larger drive wheels.

Of course, lawn mowers have the advantage that they do their work all by themselves. All you need to do is allow some time to start installing and laying the boundary wires. The boundary wires are important so that the robotic lawnmower knows where it can or must mow.

Alternative 3: Sheep eaters of the lawn

Granted, it might sound like a joke at first, but why not? If the slope is rarely used, it is a good idea to let a sheep graze on this area. Sheep love fresh grass and will definitely be able to eat their fill on your slope. Whether you buy a sheep straight away or just borrow it once is, of course, up to you. Even if the sheep do not have to mow, keeping sheep is a bit of work. You shouldn't forget that and maybe take the tips from Landwirtschaft.sachsen.de to heart in advance. For example, during the cold and wet season you have to provide the sheep with a suitable stable in which they can find shelter. In addition, the sheep want to eat something even in winter. When the meadow is grazed, you have to feed it with hay.

Not to forget: Sheep are farm animals. They provide wool or milk, depending on the breed. If you want, you can also use it for meat production. But lambs are best suited for this.

Alternative 4: redesign the slope

Why not draw something positive from the negative? So often there is ranting about hillside gardens, but you can really create very impressive plants out of them. This means a little more work at first, but you don't have to struggle with mowing over and over again.

Here, for example, a large stone staircase was built along the slope that ends at a small pond. The area to the right and left of the stairs was filled with bark mulch so that the weeds don't stand a chance, because who wants to sit downhill and pull weeds?

Shrubs and plants were planted in the beds that require little care and grow quite expansively. In the rear area, the slope was fixed with gabions.

Here, too, a stone staircase is an effective eye-catcher. The right area has already been equipped with all the plants that hardly leave any space for weeds, and lawnmowing is out of the question here.

I also find this variant very impressive. After all, it doesn't always have to be a slope with a higher angle of incline. Several raised beds were placed on top of each other here. Inside are stones and climbing roses that grow up on specially erected beams. The conclusion is formed by plant stones, some of which are filled with stones and plants. Targeted decorative elements provide an extra eye-catcher.

The slope as a viewing platform? Why not. A small seating area with a bench and garden stairs was built here. The mix of stones, plants and relaxation zone is an excellent alternative to the otherwise necessary lawn mowing.

Alternative 5: Let the flower meadow grow


Nature shows us that everything doesn't always have to be accurate - not even in the garden. The least amount of work is likely to come from accepting your slope as Mother Nature created it. Use a few early bloomers and combine them with a colorful mix of meadow flower seeds and you will have a lush flowering slope for most of the year.