What's the trick for mowing a half-football field sized steep slope with a gas push mower?
I need to mow the steep hill at the side of my house which is overgrown with tall grasses and weeds. It looks like half a football field on its side, with the shorter distance being the fall line.
I don't know the degrees but it's hard to walk along the slope, mostly due to the unconsolidated soil and the slope; but it's possible to walk it; but with a mower, things get harder fast.
When I tried to mow down the fall line, it was way too hard as I accelerated down and couldn't pull the mower up (and kept falling down, which doesn't seem safe).
When I tried to mow across the fall line, I could barely hold the line to cut a swath but it was always a steep diagnal. Gravity pulled the mower so that it actually moved at a 45 degree angle to my sidewise motion, which itself was something less than straight across the fall line due to the slope.
I thought of tying a rope to the handle and letting gravity mow straight down the fall line; but it might be difficult to pull the running mower back up.
Before I try something stupid, I figured I'd ask you guys if you've solved the problem of trying to mow with a gas push mower (it's all I have) on a steep slope.