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How To Mow A Lawn – Tips & Guide

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Lawn mowing is seen by many people as a task they just need to complete to make sure their garden does not become a small forest.

However, lawn mowing is more than trying to cut grass real short. It is a scientific technique that can help keep your lawn neat and healthy.

It is just amazing how using the right mowing techniques you can stimulate growth of grass and also prevent weeds from growing.

Right clipping height

As a new lawn mower, it is instinctive to use the lowest setting on the mower and cut the grass real small.

While you may be extremely satisfied with your effort immediately after the mow, you may not be so please a week later.

Not all grass can regrow from short clippings, so by cutting them so short you effectively destroyed them for the entire season.

While different grass types have different optimum heights, the general rule of thumb you can use is to cut the grass by just 1/3rd its current height.

This way you always ensure that the grass can regrow. If the grass is too long, then cut the grass by 1/3rd more frequently till you reach optimum height.

While this is extra lawn care effort, you will not be disappointed with the results.

Height is important as grass needs it to absorb the sunshine and grow healthy, Many of turf grasses stressed by mowing too lawn and cause disease or weed invasion. Here are some example of the proper height for turf grasses:

  • Turf grasses such as Kentucky needs to be cut at 2-1/2 and 3 inches
  • Bermuda and bentgrass needs to be cut at 1 to 1-1/2 inches

Remember if your desired height it 3 inches then mow the grass when it has height min 4". Cause when you let the grass too long and mow it too low then scalping will occur.

Right cutting time

Many people prefer to cut the grass whenever they find some free time. This is a good approach, if you have a lush green and dry lawn when you are free.

Cutting wet grass is a big mistake for two reasons:

First cutting wet grass exposes it to diseases and secondly, walking and mowing on wet grass is risky – you could slip.

Secondly, once you cut the grass you want to give it moderate weather to recover from the mowing. If you cut the grass in mid noon under the bright and hot sun, you could kill the grass.

It is better to mow during the cooler part of day!

Right cutting technique

Many people like to follow a cutting pattern. Every mowing sessions they move the mower in the same path, but this is not the best technique to mower the grass.

The problem is, if the grass is cut in the same direction every time, it will get into a rut.

You want to keep using new paths to mow and ensure that the grass is cut from various directions in every session.

This will keep the grass erect and lush for a long time.

Right cutting frequency

Depending on where you live and the kind of grass you have in your lawn, you need to adjust the frequency of mowing sessions.

If you have a fast growing grass with ideal conditions, you may need to mow it twice a week; other times once a week may be sufficient.

Besides, if you live in colder north, you need not bother with mowing during the winter months.

Cool grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass can be mow twice a week in the spring but only 7 to 10 days in summer

Warm grasses such as Bermuda grass may need frequent mowing in the summer than fall and spring

Right cutting tools

How To Mow A Lawn
Compare cutting by dull blade

When you mowing the grass remember to sharpen your lawn mower blade. A dull blade will shreds the tip of the grass.

picture taken from: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/TOOLS/TURF/PESTS/abiodull.html

Right cutting mistakes

If your lawn isn't have the look you're envisioned, then must be something wrong with your mowing technique, Here are couple of signs when you have to change it:

  • grass blade look fayed.
  • often leave large clumps of grass after clipping
  • yellow color will occur if you mow too short on tall grasses
  • you have a thin and weed on short grass