Mowing is a simple enough task that most do not stop to wonder if they are doing it right. Ever find that your lawn is not living up to the expectations despite seemingly doing everything, right? Well, the problem could be your mowing technique. A quick perusal of this list and you might find one or two things that you have been overlooking.
1. Mow Height
If you cut it to the bare, minimum, it will take longer to grow and the law will not require another mow for a while. Right? No. Wrong, very wrong. If the grass is cut so severely, it will work harder to recover and therefore grow faster. The grass will also demand more moisture and nutrients. Without the long grass blades in the way, weeds will also have ample time to bask and shine through. An even three-inch cut is a good place to work at.
2. Mow Frequency
Some people like to let their grass grow out. This means that when you finally mow the lawn, there will be hefty clumps of grass suffocating the growing grass underneath. Cut the grass often enough such that you are only ever taking about an inch per cut. This makes for twice a week or every five days. If for one reason or another you are unable to hack that schedule and cannot possibly get another person to do it, do not fret. When you finally get around to it, do not cut to the desired length all at once. Take a third of the blade off in multiple cuts. Spread the cuts over a few days. This is a more merciful mow that hacking off too much all at once.
3. Mow Clippings
If you mow often, enough you are sure to get very small grass clippings that will basically disappear into the grass. These clipping are a very good source of nitrogen, minerals, and nutrients. Make use of this. This action should save help you save on fertilizer. They would also be good to help the grass maintain moisture, especially in the hot seasons.
4. Mow Blades
Blunt blades are very harmful to the grass. They affect rough and ragged cuts. These cuts cause bigger openings into the grass structure. This means that the grass will be losing more moisture than normal. They are hard to heal and raise the chances of disease. It is recommended that the blades be sharpened once every 25 mow hours. However, you can settle for twice or thrice in one season. You can take the mower to a repair shop and have them sharpen the blades for a small fee. A small metal file would also suffice for home sharpening.
5. Mow Preparation
Once you are done mowing, ensure to clean the blades and clear out the discharge chute. This is in preparation for the next mowing. This will prevent clumps of rotting grass from stinking up the mower and making it harder to clean when you need to. It will also give you a chance to find some dirty parts that may require cleaning. As mentioned above, sharp blades are the ideal. So sharpen in advance. Do not wait until it is time for the next mow to deal with blunt blades. Think of it as getting your clothes ready the night before work. It makes for smoother morning prep, right?
6. Mow Pattern
Start from the periphery and aim the discharge chute inwards. This will work to gather the clipping in the middle of the lawn. This way, you only have a small area to rake after you are done. Take broad gentle curves on the lawn. Sharp ones leave some parts where you turned looking barren. In the end, you will have a nice pattern going. Also, do not throttle the mower. Going at the highest speed means that some parts will be left uncut and you will have to run over it again. Not only does this waste time, you might end up cutting a part that did not need cutting. Take your time. Be precise and deliberate. Your speed should remain in the first four levels.
7. Mow Bonus
Do not cut while it is raining or right after it has rained. Do not mow when there is morning or evening dew on the lawn. Do not mow while or after the sprinklers have watered the lawn. The wetness will make the clippings clump up and clog the mower. The mower wheels will also flatten the blades thus deterring even cuts.
Mow Right or Don’t Mow At All
You know mowing is an important part of lawn care, now you know how to do it right. These tips will go a long way in ensuring your lawn gets good treatment. It has nothing to do with fancy gadgets either. Just good old fashion technique.