There’s a lot more to mowing your lawn than you realize, especially if you want to do it as effectively as possible. While we’re happy to help you out with that, (get more information here) we know that sometimes, things happen, and you might be stuck mowing your own yard! So we’re here to give you some lawn mowing tips.
When should you mow?
The ideal time to mow your lawn is mid-morning. This gives your grass a chance to dry out from dew or an early morning rain shower, and means it’s less hot outside, which is safer for you and your lawn. Cutting grass in the hottest part of the day means you’re under stress and so is your grass, which can affect how well it takes to the mower.
The general rule of (green) thumb here is to take one-third off of the blade of grass. While we could suggest mowing once a week, it’s important to note that each lawn is unique. You are, of course, welcome to follow such a guideline, but it may be better to develop your own based on how quickly your grass grows or other factors. If this means you mow once every 10-12 days, that’s fine! As long as you’re not cutting the grass too short or allowing it to grow too tall, your yard will thrive.
The undercarriage of your mower is dirty! Duh. The cut grass can clog the discharge chute, making your task harder. It’s a good idea to just gently and safely wipe away any leftover grass that has been caked on the bottom of your machine.
Sharpen the blade
This one’s important! Just like any other dull blade would do, your lawn will merely be ripped and teared instead of cut seamlessly. Take your lawn mower to have its blade sharpened regularly to ensure that your lawn is getting the best possible outcome out of your lawn mowing routine. Think about it! If you’re running over large branches or sticks, rocks, or other debris, your blade is taking a hit each time. Be proactive and sharpen that blade (and by that, we mean take it to a professional)!
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Don’t forget about those nice, crisp, clean lines that can take your lawn from average to professional-looking. For the edges of your lawn, this makes all the difference! But edging your flower beds or other landscaped areas is important, too. It makes overall lawn maintenance simpler, giving you easier access and sight when weeding or trimming. Edging the different areas and separating them from one another, which need different products and watering schedules, makes tending to the garden even easier.
With all of this information, we’re sure that you can handle mowing your lawn on your own. BUT we encourage you to reach out, get a free quote, and talk with us about what we can do for you. Mowing can be a time consuming process, especially for larger properties, and we’re here and ready to help. Contact us today for more information.