Tips for an easier mow

Refrain from cutting the lawn too short

Every type of lawn has an ideal mowing height, the best thing to do is to err on the side of cutting your grass too high. The blade of grass is what captures sunlight to create food energy for the lawn, so if you cut your grass too short it won’t be able to generate as much energy.  Longer blades of grass will also discourage the growth of weeds and retain water more effectively ensuring that you don’t have to water as often.

 

Don’t worry about the clippings

If you forget about cleaning up the lawn clippings they will eventually decompose to form nutrients to feed your lawn. Just be sure not to leave around big piles clippings as excess clippings can kill the grass beneath it by preventing the reach of sunlight and trapping excessive water. 

 

Use a self-propelled lawn-mower

Using a self-propelled lawn mower can help you to maintain an even mowing speed which will therefore result and then even mow. 

 

Ensure the blades on your mower are sharp

A lawn mower with sharp blades will do a much better job and deliver a clean cut.  Mower with too dull of blades can rip and tear your lawn instead of slicing it cleanly, causing damage.

 

Cut your grass extra short before the onset of winter

For your last mow of the year cut your lawn extra short.  This will prevent the buildup of moisture which could cause your lawn to mold and mildew, and it will also encourage the growth of new grass in the spring.

 

For long lawns, cut twice

If your grass is extra long, take the time to mow it in phases over the course of a few days instead of all in one go.  This will keep not only reduce the stress on your grass, but will also make your workload easier by preventing mower clogs and reducing the amount of grass you will be needing to dispose of.

 

Change the pattern

Be sure to change the pattern in route of your lawn mowing.  Repeatedly mowing your lawn in the same direction can cause the lawn to slant and gow at an angle.  You may also be at risk of developing ruts in the yard from the path of the lawn mower wheels.

 

Let wet grass dry before mowing

Mowing the grass after a rainstorm is just more work.  You may develop tracks from the soft grass depressing your lawn, and your risk leaving behind big wet clumps of grass that are too heavy to get picked up by the mower.  These clumps may also clog up your mower forcing you to stop working in order to get your equipment working again.