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Lawn Mowing Tips and Tricks

Alternating Directions

Grass that gets so called, “run ruts” usually appears along the borders of grass; for example where the sidewalk meets the edge of a lawn. This is because it is the most difficult to alternate directions with any mower. Ways that to avoid mowing over the same tire mark each week is by shifting the mowing track a few inches and use a trimmer to mow the small strip of grass left behind.

A Sharp Mower Blade

Dull blades shred, tear and rip up grass, instead of cutting it. This is the main cause of a lawn grass that has ugly brown tips.

For any average size yard, sharpen roughly once a year (about every 25-30 mows). If a lawn is thick or large then sharpen more frequently. The only way to tell is to look for torn tips on the grass and this is the indication to sharpen.

Lawn Mowing Height

Mowing height depends on the type of grass. It is best to gradually mow higher throughout the summer and then drop back to normal in the fall. This will help any lawn retain moisture in the hot months. Cut grass a little shorter during the fall and this will prevent fungus growth during the winter.

When trimming or cutting only remove less than one third of the biomass. If the grass is 3 inches tall, only remove 1 inch. Accidentally cut more than a third this will lead to “scalping” the lawn which will dry out the plant and encourage weed growth or browning.

Lawn mowing Wet or Dry? The ground should always be dry/moist, but NEVER mow when grass is soaked.

Reasons Not to Mow Wet Grass

  • Disease spreads quickly when the grass is wet. Fungi and bacteria love nothing more than water mixed with rotting grass clippings.
  • Mowers can get easily become clogged. This can have a number of consequences, including the lawn mower breaking or resulting in a personal injury.
  • If it is really soaked outside and has been raining for a while, the soil may be especially prone to compaction.

If You Must Mow Wet Grass

We do not advise that mowing wet grass is a good idea, but sometimes it must be done. It is always better for the lawn until the grass has dried before mowing.

  • Always mow high. This will remove less wet grass, and to avoid scalping or further damaging the grass.
  • Make sure that the mower blades are sharp before mowing.
  • Instead of mulching or bagging, use the side discharge on the mower, if possible.
  • Mow again later in the day or the next day, which will help break up any grass clumps and reduce the grass height more.
  • If the blades become clogged, let the mower shut off completely and remove the spark plug, before any attempt of cleaning off the blades. NEVER clean a mower that is still running. This is a recipe for disaster for the user.
  • Run the mower blade at a slower speed to reduce the strain on it.

Lawn Mowing Really Tall Grass

  • Scan the overgrown area of the lawn for any large objects such as broken tree limbs, children toys and ext.
  • If the grass is above the knee, start off by using a trimmer/weed eater to trim the grass down before mowing.
  • Mow on the highest setting, wait 2-3 days and then mow again at a preferred height setting.
  • Use the mowers mulch and bagging settings.
  • If the mulch and bagging features on the mower does not work because the clippings are too long, try to string trim it down to about 4-5 inches first before you mow on the highest setting.
  • Use the mowers “side discharge” mode and rake up the clippings.
  • Mow a skinny strip of grass (6-12 inches) with each pass and this will not choke the mower.