This is part two of my Best Lawn Mower Tips And Tricks For A Quicker Mowing Session. If you haven’t already read part one, then you should read that before you continue on with this guide. However, if you have already read the tips and tricks in that first guide, then feel free to enjoy some more tips that will significantly reduce your mowing time and make mowing your lawn a whole lot easier.
Inspect The Grass After Mowing
You should take a good look at your lawn after each mowing session. If the blades look frayed or broken or the grass has a silver sheen to it, then your mower blades are probably dull. Go ahead and sharpen them to make mowing faster and easier. Most experts recommend that mower blades get sharpened at least twice a season.
If your mower has a roller, then be sure to change the direction of your cut each time you mow your grass. This will not only keep the grass blades from being tamped down, but it will also make mower a whole lot faster.
Don’t Scalp Your Lawn
If you notice that there are some parts of your lawn that are getting “scalped” by the blades, then you should raise your mowing height for these areas. This will prevent you from having to start and stop, and it will also prevent damage to your blades.
Cut To The Proper Grass Height
You need to take into consideration which type of grass you have in order to cut it efficiently. If you have a warm season grass like Bermuda Grass, then you should cut it down to about an inch. On the other hand, if you have a cool season grass such as Rye or Bluegrass, then you should only cut it down to about 2-3 inches. Cutting the grass according to grass type will result in a more efficient cut and will make your lawn look a whole lot better.
Skip The Sharp Corners
Much like you did with the perimeter, you should avoid cutting the sharp corners of your grass on your first go-round. Instead, round off the corners and do them all at once, after you have finished mowing. That allows you to deal with them all at the same time and not at ever turn.
Some people won’t like this tip but I will list it anyway. It involves cutting your grass in a series of spiral patterns instead of in rows. In a recent Popular Mechanics article, it was show that the quadruple spiral was the most efficient lawn cutting pattern. You divide your lawn into four quadrants and then cut in a spiral patter for each corner. This reduces sharp turns and reduces the amount of steps you need to take drastically.
Get A New Mower
Sometimes your old mower simple doesn’t cut your grass effectively. That is when you need to check lawn mower reviews and buy yourself a better lawn mower. In fact, this may be the best tip I can give you.