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Lawn Mowing 101

Utilizing some of the mowing tips below could save you a great deal of time and money, and will make it easier to have a great looking lawn.

  • Never cut with dull blades or when the grass is wet
    • Looks better
    • Won't tear grass - less chance for disease
    • Won't take as long to cut the lawn
  • Mow the lawn when it's needed, not just on Saturdays
    • Less stress to lawn = less disease, pests = less time and money fixing it
    • Fewer clippings eliminates the need to rake or catch
    • No need to "mow slow" because of tall grass
    • Never cut of more than 40% of grass blade.
  • Let the grass grow long (2 to 3 inches at least)
    • Long grass blades lead to deeper and stronger root systems
    • Stronger root systems provide better drought resistance and a thicker lawn
    • Longer grass blades mean more surface area to catch sunlight, promoting additional photosynthesis and a healthier lawn
    • Weed seeds are shaded which reduces germination of those seeds - reducing weeds
  • Mow your lawn in a circular or elliptical pattern spiraling inward and skipping corners – leave the corners for later (this is not for those who enjoy the look of straight lines). The key benefit of this mowing method is that clippings are blown ‘inward’ for better mulching.
  • Put shredded bark, mulch or ground cover around trees, obstacles, house, etc. This will reduce the time you spend ‘weed whacking’ or pulling weeds by hand.
  • Purchase a mower with a bigger mowing deck and/or a bigger engine
    • A bigger deck means less time mowing - unless you have many areas where a larger deck cannot go.
    • A bigger engine often means a better and faster cut, leaving you more time to enjoy your lawn.


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