Many people view grass cutting as a simple pastime, but mowing your lawn is a tedious and laborious task. No matter how much effort you put into tending your lawn, sometimes 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.
There are many ways to take of care your lawn, but with a few simple tips and tricks, you will begin to see significant improvements in the health and appearance of your lawn. Consider these lawn mowing tips to help improve the health of your lawn:
Before you begin mowing away, it is crucial to know the type of grass that grows on 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 lawnmower 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 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 blocks 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.