If you’ve been mowing your lawn for quite some time, you might wonder if you are doing it right or if there are better ways of doing what you’re doing. If you are about to mow a lawn for the first time, you’d certainly like to know how to do it the right way, and ideally, at the shortest time possible.
Grass cutting goes beyond controlling the height of the greens in your lawn. It’s one of the basic things you can do to grow a lush and healthy lawn. A manicured lawn isn’t only pleasant to look at, it is also less susceptible to weeds and other unhealthy grass conditions.
When it comes to mowing the lawn, there are a plenty of right ways of doing it, as there are wrong ways. Here are some grass cutting tips to help you keep a healthy and lush lawn:
1. Cut the grass often. Once a week is ideal. But don’t let two weeks pass without mowing. It might seem like a good idea to wait longer so you spend less time mowing. But it’s actually better to cut more often. Your lawn will look better when you trim more often. You will also spend less time on each session. And cutting often reduces the stress on your lawn mower – remember that regular lawn mowers are designed to trim grass and not to cut really tall ones.
2. Best time to cut grass is in the morning, after the morning dew has completely dried or in the late afternoons. Forgo cutting when it’s rainy. Never cut grass that is damp. Damp grass cuttings can clog your lawn mower. Wet cut grass is also more susceptible to fungi infection.
3. Before you start cutting the lawn, make sure the lawn is clear of objects that can obstruct your lawn mower. This includes things like toys, everyday objects and rocks. This can save you the trouble of stopping to pick up things, or restarting your lawn mower after getting the obstructions out.
4. Mow the lawn in a pattern. When mowing the lawn, go by columns or by rows. Mowing Cutting grass systematically helps you make sure you don’t miss any spot.
5. Do the half pass trick. As you cut grass, make it a habit to overlap by half the width of your lawn mower on your next pass. This is less taxing on your lawn mower, because you pass though less grass. It also help ensures you don’t miss any spot and saves you time from reworking your lawn.
6. Cut the grass in opposite patterns each time you mow. This prevents rut and gives your grass a rest from being cut in the same direction each time
7. Grass cutting is more even with sharp blades. If you notice jagged cuttings when you mow, it could be a sign that the blades of your lawn mower are dull. Have the blades sharpened at least annually. Sharp blades also allows you to cut grass faster.
8. What to do with grass clippings? If they are short enough (half an inch or less), you can opt to leave them on your lawn to decompose and fertilize your soil. Longer than that, it is best that you collect them and turn them to compost before putting them back on your lawn. If you want to forego this step, getting a mulching lawn mower is a good idea. A mulching lawn mower processes the grass clippings into mulch, which you can just leave on your lawn.
9. Take good care of your lawn mower. Clean the lawn mower after each use. Make sure it’s in good working condition. Oil the movable parts and keep the blades sharp. A well maintained lawn mower will do the job faster and more efficiently.
10. There is an ideal grass height, depending on the type of grass that you grow on your lawn. Leave cool season grass at 2 1/2 inches high. Warm season grass can be kept shorter at 1/2 to 1 inch high.