Mowing your lawn may sound like a simple process, but with each cut you are setting it up for future success. Correctly mow, and your lawn will become healthy, drought-tolerant and lush enough to crowd out weeds. Mow poorly and your grass will struggle to survive.
Our Top 8 Tips for Mowing Your Lawn.
Never remove more than one-third of the leaf tissue (grass blade) with each cutting.
Avoid scalping your lawn. If you notice certain areas are regularly scalped you may need your lawn leveled.
Always keep your mower blades sharp.
Adjust mowing height. Keep it shorter during the growing season to promote deeper roots and lateral growth. And longer in the winter to help it store more heat.
Mow when the grass is dry. Cutting a wet lawn doesn’t necessarily hurt the grass, but it also doesn’t give your lawn the best results.
Mulch clippings. Mulching works best with grass that is mowed regularly and when no more than one-third of the grass blade has been removed. Longer grass needs to be mulched a second time after it has been cut, and the clippings have been given a chance to dry out.
Change your mowing patterns. To avoid wheel rut, alternate your pattern between horizontal and vertical.
Clear all debris before mowing. This protects your mower blades and keeps a good pattern.