The 5 biggest mistakes homeowners make when mowing their lawn.
Dull or Bent Lawn Mower Blades:
- Dull lawn mower blades will tear grass. This can make grass more prone to disease. A sharpened mower blade is essential to your turf's health. We are going for a nice clean cut here - fungi will take advantage of those jagged edges, especially in damp conditions.
- Bent lawn mower blades can lead to uneven mowing or scalping (when mower deck comes close to or hits ground). Avoid obstacles in your yard such as tree stumps, rocks or drop-offs to keep blades straight.
- Sharpen your mowing blades every couple of months. If you can't remember the last time you sharpened your blades, it's time!
- RPM: Run your ride-on mower at full throttle. Mower blades will spin at a higher velocity leading to a cleaner grass blade cut.
Cutting Grass Too Short:
- Never cut more than 1/3 of the existing grass blade. This can stress the grass blade and lead to burns and brown spots.
- Summer: When temperatures rise, set your mower deck to 3-3.5 inches.
- Long grass blades keep the roots shaded from the sun to retain moisture and avoid drought stress.
- Mow when dry: Avoid mowing in the early morning when grass is still wet from morning dew. Wet grass that is mowed will clump and result in dead spots in lawn if left behind.
- Speed: Don’t speed when mowing your lawn. Drive at a speed where the blades can keep up with how much grass they must cut. This will result in a much fresher slice of the grass blade and less clumps.
- Direction: Each time you mow, mow in a different direction to promote upright growth. Grass tends to lean towards the direction you mow over time.
Leave The Clippings:
- Returns moisture to lawn.
- Returns nutrients to lawn.
- Acts as a natural fertilizer for soil.
Pro tip: If mower leaves unwanted clumps, raise blades 1/2 inch and mow your lawn a second time but in a different direction. This will break up clumps that would otherwise kill grass grass.
- Ensure mower is not leaking oil or gas - this is toxic to your lawn.
- Always fill mower with fuel over a driveway/road or any area where a spill won’t damage your lawn.
- Clean mower deck frequently to avoid buildup of clippings
You're not as far away from a healthy lawn as you might think! If you change a few bad habits, your lawn will change drastically. By taking care of your grass, your yard will start to look like those neighbors that always seem to have the best lawns on the block. You can make the grass greener on your side by using these professional mowing techniques.
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