I consider myself somewhat of a lawn mower expert. After all, I have spent over 20 years looking over lawn mower reviews and acquainting myself with the inner working of this type of machine. I have also spent a considerable amount of time using the machines on my own lawn. That is why I think that I am uniquely qualified to give you some advice on how to properly cut your lawn.
When you are cutting your lawn, you have to realize that what you are really doing is pruning it. Proper mower should increase the density of the lawn by decreasing the amount of weeds. Every time that you run your mower over your beautiful grass, you should not only be cutting the length of it but you should also be improving its texture and quality.
However, if you don’t properly cut your lawn, then you are going to end up doing more harm to it than good. That is why you should seriously consider the following tips. They will help you get the most out of your lawn and are the best lawnmower tips you’ll find anywhere.
Tip #1: Cut According to Grass Type
The first thing you need to do is figure out what type of grass you have and find out the recommended cutting height. Once you have determined the proper cutting height of your lawn, you can then move on to tip #2.
Tip #2: The One-Third Rule
No matter what type of lawn you have however, you should never cut more than 1/3 of it at one time. If you do, then you risk doing serious injury to it. You can cause injury to the crown, destroy the surface area of the blade leaves which can reduce the efficiency of photosynthesis, make the grass more vulnerable to certain pests and diseases, and increase sunlight to weed seeds which in turn can cause more weeds to germinate.
Tip #3: Cut Grass While It’s Dry
Another thing to remember is to always cut the grass while it is dry. If you attempt to cut it while it’s wet, then you can cause damage to the grass blades.
Tip #4: Don’t Cut Grass While It’s Hot Outside
If the weather is extremely hot, then it’s probably not a good idea to cut it. If you do, then you risk not only overheating yourself but also overheating your grass as well. The ideal time to cut your grass is in the evening when the sun is beginning to set.
Tip #5: Keep Mower Blades Sharp
You should always keep your mower blades as sharp as possible. Sharp mower blades not only cut more efficiently, but they also are better for the health of your lawn. That’s because dull mower blades don’t really cut, they pinch off the tips of the grass. This can have disrupt photosynthesis in the grass and prevent the nutrients from being properly absorbed by the grass.
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.