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.

How often?

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.

Mower maintenance

General cleaning

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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Edging

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.

24 replies
  1. Skylar Williams
    Skylar Williams says:

    I had no idea that I needed to sharpen the blades of a lawnmower. My brother was thinking about doing some landscaping but he doesn’t have all of the tools and equipment that he needs. I’ll recommend that he find a lawnmower that already has sharp blades.

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  2. Ivy Baker
    Ivy Baker says:

    I want my yard to look amazing this year. It is nice to know that I will want to get get a mower with really shape blades. I wasn’t aware that something like that could affect my grass looks.

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  3. Zoe Campos
    Zoe Campos says:

    Thank you for telling me that I should also sharpen the blade of my lawnmower on a regular basis in order to keep it in good shape. My parents are really busy people and I’m the only one left who can look after the house. It might be better if I were to consult an expert in lawn care and see how I can improve its current state.

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  4. Patrick Ross
    Patrick Ross says:

    I like what you said about mowing your lawn in the mid-morning when it isn’t hot outside. My sister wants to make sure that her lawn looks nice in the coming weeks. I’ll share this information with her so that she can look into her options for professionals who can help her with this.

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    • NewHorizon
      NewHorizon says:

      While that’s the idea situation for homeowners, the professionals do need to be out all day mowing to fit everyone in!

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  5. Kate Hansen
    Kate Hansen says:

    It’s good to know that mid-morning is when you need to mow your lawn. My husband and I just recently moved into our very first home a couple of weeks ago, and we want to make sure that we know some tips about mowing our lawn once we find a lawnmower. We’ll make sure to keep these tips in mind once we find a lawnmower to use for our home!

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  6. David @lawncarepal
    David @lawncarepal says:

    Thanks for this advice for mowing the lawn. I actually didn’t know that you shouldn’t let a lawn grown more than one-third of its height. I’m kind of interested to learn if some types of grass grow faster than others, meaning they need to be mowed more.

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  7. Rebecca Gardner
    Rebecca Gardner says:

    It’s good to know that we maw need to develop our own mowing routing based on how quickly our grass grows. My brother mentioned that he wants to hire a commercial lawn care service to make sure the front of his new office building stays looking clean and professional. I’ll pass along this info so he can ask the right questions when looking for an experienced lawn care service soon!

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  8. Eileen Benson
    Eileen Benson says:

    Thanks for explaining that sharpening the blade will make sure the grass is cut and not ripped away. My parents want to hire groundskeepers for the small office building they just purchased in the next city over. Asking about blade sharpening should help them find a knowledgeable groundskeeping service, so thanks for sharing that idea I can pass along!

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  9. Thomas Clarence
    Thomas Clarence says:

    You made an interesting point when you explained that it is safer to mow your lawn in the mornings since the temperature isn’t as hot. My father recently injured his back and can’t mow his grass even though he wants to. I am worried that he might go out and do it since he enjoys it so much. I think it would be a good idea for him to hire a lawn maintenance company that can cut his grass for him so that he doesn’t run the risk of hurting his back again and getting heat exhaustion.

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  10. Rachel Frampton
    Rachel Frampton says:

    My sister would like to improve her lawn area by trimming its grass, which is why she has decided to start looking for a tractor that she may use. Well, you made a pretty good point about the importance of mowing the lawn at least every 1o-12 days. Thank you for sharing here the importance of cleaning so the dirt won’t clog up the said equipment.

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