Mowing Your Lawn

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Mowing a lawn is simple. These are a few simple practices and facts that will help make your mowing productive and your lawn healthy.

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In this article, you will find information about:

  1. Sharpen The Lawn Mower Blade
  2. Mow When The Grass Is Dry
  3. Mowing Frequency
  4. Mowing Direction
  5. Mulching
  6. Mowing Grass Lengths

tools and materials

  • Lawn Mower
  • Lawn To Mow

step 1 Sharpen The Lawn Mower Blade

A sharp blade is important because it results in a cut blade of grass instead of torn grass. Dull mower blades result in torn grass. Torn grass gives you a silver or brown top to the lawn because the torn end dies. Torn ends also increase the chance of disease entering the lawn.

Sharp blade(s) also cut the grass more times before it gets expended from the mower. This helps in breaking down the grass and mulching.

Sharpen the blade(s) on the mower at least once a year. If the mower is used heavily you may want to sharpen it more often. Read the article How To Sharpen A Lawn Mower Blade to learn how to sharpen and balance a lawn mower blade.

 

step 2 Mow When The Grass Is Dry

Mow when the grass is dry. Mowing wet grass causes causes it to lay over more easily resulting in un-even cutting. It also causes the cut grass to clump up and

step 3 Mowing Frequency

You should never cut more than one third of the total length of the grass off at a time. So if you want 2 inch tall grass you need to cut it before it gets to 3 inches. Cutting off too much at a time increases the risk of shocking the grass and disturbing its growth pattern.

step 4 Mowing Direction

Change the mowing direction to keep the grass growing straight up. When you mow in the same pattern and direction every time the grass reacts like a tree on a windy hillside, it starts growing bent over. This produces uneven cutting and patterns. So change it up with different directions.

step 5 Mulching

Mulching Mulching has several benefits:

  • First, cut grass blades help lawn to retain moisture because of the extra material.
  • Second they break down quickly because there is large amounts of water in the clippings, in fact they are mostly water; this fact debunks the idea that mulching adds to thatch.
  • Third, mulching puts the nitrogen in the grass that is cut off back into the soil.

step 6 Mowing On A Higher Setting Gives You:

  • Taller leaf blades which capture more sunlight
  • More sunlight captured results in deeper roots
  • Deeper roots results in more drought tollerance
  • More drought tolerance results in less watering
  • Less watering results in lower water bills
  • Taller grass results in less of a chance of weeds and pests
  • Taller grass results in a healtier lawn

step 7 Mowing On A Lower Setting Gives You:

  • Less leaf blades which results in less sunlight captured
  • Less sunlight captured results in shallower roots
  • Shallower roots results in not as strong grass
  • A thicker lawn because the sunlight is not blocked at lower levels and encourages fill in.
  • Sunlight at lower levels encourages pests and weeds
  • And last but not least all these things add up to higher maintenance

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