When we set the hives in our new home, I set them so the lawn tractor can drive between the rows. I drive in one direction, nudge right up to the hives, then turn around and go the other way to clean up the other side. When I'm all done with the mower, I get the string trimmer out to clean up under the hive stands. I've never suited up to mow, and the bees have never bothered me while I'm mowing.
Haven't mowed around the bees for 10 days now, grass is reaching 8 inches high, gonna have to get out there this weekend if the rain stops.