As we mentioned earlier this month in our post on spring lawn care tips, tips on lawn mowing are vast and enough to fill a blog post of their very own. Here is a look at some essential lawn mowing tips as you begin mowing your lawn this spring.
Don’t go below three inches.
Grass that is at least three inches in length will promote longer root growth, and it will make it harder for weeds to take root. Longer grass also offers some natural shade to your lawn, keeping the roots cooler during the summer.
Never cut more than ⅓ of grass blade length.
Similarly, it’s a good idea to always mow high, never cutting off more than ⅓ of your lawn’s height. This will make for a healthier cut, and again, it will keep all of your grass at a healthy length. So if your grass is particularly long, cut off ⅓ of height rather than bringing the height all the way down to three inches.
Be especially careful with damaged grass.
If your lawn contains grass that is recovering from drought, disease, or insect damage, raise the mower height up a notch or two higher than you normally would.
Adjust mower height for the time of year.
In addition to the tips listed above about cutting to the proper grass length, you’ll also want to be sure to adjust your mower height regularly depending on the time of year. You should cut your grass a little longer in the summer, for example, to help protect your grassroots from the extreme heat. Then as it begins to turn to fall, you’ll want to cut your grass a bit shorter to prevent snow mold from forming on the grass in the winter.
Always mow on a dry day.
Mowing when the weather is even just slightly damp can cause your mower to pull out chunks of grass. Mow on a dry day for clean cutting.
Mow during a cool part of the day.
Mowing during a cooler part of the day helps the grass recover much more quickly than it would after being mowed in the midday heat.
Keep your mower blades sharp.
Many homeowners forget to keep the blades on their lawnmower sharp, resulting in frayed grass that loses moisture quickly (and therefore becomes discolored at the tips). Rotary mower blades need to be sharpened several times during the growing season, while reel-type mower blades should be sharpened at least once a year.