Lawn mowing is typically seen as such a tedious task for something as simple as cutting grass, but no matter how much effort you put into tending your lawn, it never looks as good as you had hoped. The good news is that improper mowing is one of the most common causes of lawn problems which can easily be fixed.
First and foremost, pay attention to your mowing habits. There are numerous levels of care for your lawn, but with a few simple tips and tricks of the proper mowing method, you will begin to see significant improvements in the health and appearance of your lawn.
Grass Type – Before you begin mowing away, it is crucial to know the type of grass that grows in your lawn. Each breed of grass has a recommended mowing height, therefore, mow accordingly.
The ⅓ Rule – Ideally, you should not let your lawn grow more than one-third of its optimum height. When mowing, cut in the same proportion as growth, ensuring not to remove more than one third of the blade length at once.
Sharp Mower Blades – Maintaining razor sharp blades for your lawn mower will ensure a clean and precise cut. Since blunt blades chew and fray the grass, your lawn will appear messy and rough. Moreover, dull blades damage the grass tissue, making it more susceptible to diseases and pests.
Keep Varied Mowing Pattern – Changing your mowing pattern each time you mow will aid in a denser and healthier looking lawn. Because grass develops a grain based on the mowing direction, it tends to lean towards the direction you mow during growth. Therefore, alternating the pattern promotes upright growth and prevents ruts in the lawn.
Don’t Miss Strips-For an evenly mowed lawn, each pass should overlap at approximately 3 inches (7.5 cm). Doing so will prevent patching and uneven growth, giving your lawn a seamless finish and saving you the trouble of having to re-mow missed areas.
Uneven Area- Uneven lawns can be tricky to mow. To avoid scalping the raised areas of your lawn, set your mower’s height higher. Moreover, mowing on a slope should be done diagonally for safety purposes.
Avoid Mowing Wet Grass – Mowing wet grass tends to result in uneven cuts. Also, the lawn clippings clump together, clogging your mower and matting your lawn, which block sunlight that is essential for healthy grass growth.
Mowing Sharp Corners
On your first mowing pass, round off the sharp corners and leave them un-mown. Once you have finished mowing the rest of your lawn, go back and mow the corners. That way, you won’t have to deal with the trouble of mowing these tricky corners on every pass.