In the first part of my series on mowing tips for a happier and healthier lawn, I went over some basics that you should follow to keep your lawn in good shape. Now I am going to build on that by not only giving you a few more tips on lawn cutting but also some tips that will help you maintain your mower at the same time. The following tips answer many of the questions people post on the comment sections of various lawn mower reviews.
Tip #6: Taking Care Of Your Mower
I noticed that one thing that I failed to mention in part one, is how to set up for mowing in the first place. Proper setup will not only result in a better mowing experience for you and your lawn, but it will also prevent damage to your lawn mower.
- Always be sure to follow manufacturer’s directions and thoroughly read the instruction manual.
- Make sure that all debris is cleaned up before you start mowing.
- Always keep children and pets from the mowing area.
- Wear appropriate clothing and always protect your eyes with safety glasses.
- If you are using a riding lawn mower, then do not carry passengers.
- Never refill the gas tank on the mower while it is still hot.
- Do not alter the mower in any way. This includes removing chutes or safety flaps.
- Always practice pre-season and post-season mower maintenance.
Tip #7: Change Mowing Pattern
You should regularly change your mowing pattern. There are a couple of reasons for this. One, it will prevent the grass from adapting to your cut and growing in a slanted manner. Two, it will give your grass a more compact growth pattern and keep ruts from developing.
Tip #8: Learn to Adapt To Your Grass
If you want to avoid cutting your grass more than necessary, then adjust cutting height according to your grass’s growing cycle. When the weather is dry and hot your grass grows slower so raise the cutting height. On the other hand, when the weather is cool and wet your grass grows faster, so be sure to lower your cutting height to accommodate this increase in growth.
Tip #9: Instead of Bagging Consider Composting
If you are bagging your clippings, then you might want to either switch to a composting mower or composing your bagged clippings. This will allow you to feed your grass with your clippings. This will result in a nicer and healthier lawn.
These are the best lawn mower practices you can follow. If you follow these tips faithfully, you will not only have a healthier lawn, but you will also have a better looking lawn.