Mowing Tips

mowing the lawn

Here are some mowing tips and instructions that you will find useful, especially for new homeowners:

Cut lawns when it reaches 2-3 inches in length.

Cut no more than 1/3 of the grass blade length at a cutting.

Alternate cuttings, going horizontally and vertically across the lawn. For a neat look, cut the lawn diagonally.

Leave grass clippings on the lawn to decompose. As they decompose, they provide natural, organic nitrogen to the lawn, keep moisture in, and helps to minimize weeds. Always mow when the lawn is dry. This will save wear and tear on your mower. It will also keep cut grass from clumping on the lawn, and minimize the spread of disease.

Check the mower blade regularly to assure a sharp cut. Dull blades will hack and chop the blade, leaving unattractive ragged, brown edges, and risking lawn damage.

Mowing your lawn at a longer length provides a longer grass blade to absorb sunlight and photosynthesis, helping to create a healthier lawn. High mowing, as it is called, also helps block out crabgrass and weeds.