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Mowing seems simple enough, but each time you cut your grass you’re paving the way for your lawn’s success or failure. Mow correctly, and you’ll groom turf that’s healthy, drought-tolerant and thick enough to crowd out weeds. Mow incorrectly, and your lawn will struggle to survive. Take cheap lawn mowing at right time so you’re never removing more than one-third of the total leaf surface (of a single grass blade) with each cutting.\n\n

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discover the basics of mowing

Discover the basics of mowingand why it’s so vital to growing a healthy lawn.

Mowing seems simple enough, but each time you cut your grass you’re paving the way for your

lawn’s success or failure. Mow correctly, and you’ll groom turf that’s healthy, drought-tolerant

and thick enough to crowd out weeds. Mow incorrectly, and your lawn will struggle to survive.

Take cheap lawn mowingat right time so you’re never removing more than one-third of the

total leaf surface (of a single grass blade) with each cutting.

Scalping Lawn

Avoid scalping grass, which is cutting it too short. A scalped lawn is vulnerable to diseases and

weed infestation. Scalped turf tends to be weak and sparse, which exposes soil. One of the No. 1

contributors to weed success is exposed soil that allows weed seed to take root. A sparse lawn

also lets sunlight reach weed seedlings and give them a boost. Grass that’s consistently cut too

short has a poorly developed root system, which makes the lawn more susceptible to serious

damage from drought or high temperatures.

Sharpen Mower

Blade Keep your mower blade sharp to get the best results from each mowing. A sharp blade

cuts grass cleanly, while a dull blade tears grass, creating a jagged, uneven edge. These tears

create openings for pests and diseases to enter grass blades. A lawn that has been cut with a dull

blade develops a whitish or brown hue as the tips of individual grass blades die back. Sharpen

blades at least a few times during the mowing season. Avoid mowing over thick branches or

stones to reduce blade dulling or even damage. Consider purchasing an extra mower blade, so

that you always have a sharp blade at the ready.

Adjusting Mower Height

Adjust mower height throughout the growing season. For instance, shift the cutting deck higher

in summer and allow grass to grow longer. Taller grass helps shade soil, which prevents weed

growth and slows water evaporation from soil. Taller grass also develops deeper roots, which

creates a lawn that can withstand drought better. In late autumn, in regions where winter brings

snow cover, lower the cutting deck for the last mowing of the season to help prevent snow mold

from forming on grass. So use the professional mowing lawn services to save your time and

efforts.

shady mowing

Shady Mowing

Lawns that grow in shady areas benefit from a higher mowing height. Longer grass blades have a

greater surface area for conducting photosynthesis. In a low-light situation, this is a great benefit

and a secret to growing a healthy lawn in the shade.

Ideally, mow when grass is dry. Mowing a wet lawndoesn’t harm the grass, but it doesn’t yield

the best results. Wet grass fills and clogs a mower deck. It also has a tendency to fall over and

clump together as you mow, creating an uneven cut. Watch for clumps of wet grass that fall off

the mower. Remove these from the lawn after mowing to avoid killing grass. Always avoid

mowing in soggy soil, or you risk creating wheel ruts and tearing up grass. If you must mow the

lawn when it’s damp, treat the underside of your mower with oil or silicone spray to help prevent

grass from sticking. Also, make sure your mower blade is sharp to avoid ripping grass out of soil.

Mow in Shade

When you prune a plant, it causes stress. Grass is no different. The act of mowing creates

tremendous stress on grass plants. If you mow during the heat of the day, individual grass plants

lose more water and recover much more slowly than if you mow during the cooler part of the

day. Another option is to wait until shade is on the lawn. Grass in the shade loses less water

when cut and is quicker to rebound.

Roll Wheel on Edging

create a flat edging along your lawn beside

Create a flat edging along your lawn beside driveways, walks and planting areas. When mowing,

roll a wheel of the mower on this edging, and you’ll never have to string trim edges. Use any

number of materials to create your edging, including bricks, gravel, concrete pavers or tightly

packed crushed limestone, like crusher run.

Grasscycling

When you let grass clippingslie on the lawn after cutting, that’s called grasscycling. It not only

saves you time (no more bagging clippings), but it also saves money (no more yard waste bags or

fees). Grass clippings can provide up to 25 percent of your lawn’s fertilizer needs, so you’ll save

some dough on fertilizer, too. You don’t need a specialized mulching mower, although you

might want to replace your current mower blade with a mulching blade, which cuts grass into

smaller pieces that decompose quickly

smaller pieces that decompose quickly. You can grasscycle with minimal fuss and mess. To

avoid being sprayed with grass clippings while mowing, purchase an adaptor kit for your mower

that supplies a plug to fill the hole where clippings normally exit the mower deck. Look for

universal kits online or from stores that sell mowers.

Compost Clippings

Grasscycling works best with grass that’s mowed frequently and when only one-third of the

grass blade length has been removed. Longer grass needs to be raked or collected in a bag

attachment. You can grasscycle turf that’s grown too long if you’re willing first to cut it, and

second to rake out the clippings and mow over them to chop them finely.

Mowing Pattern

Avoid mowing in the same direction or pattern each time you mow. When you do this, you risk

compacting soil and actually creating ruts. Both compacted soil and ruts can lead to grass that’s

less healthy, followed by weeds that thrive in compacted soil.

Hillsides

Use care when mowing on a slope— even a mild one. Never mow a slope when grass is wet.

That creates slippery footing that can lead to serious injuries. To mow a slope safely, push the

mower across the slope, not up and down. With short or small slopes, sometimes it’s easier to

use a string trimmer to cut grass. For steep slopes, consider replacing grass with a low-

maintenance ground cover.

Battery-Powered Mower

If you’re in the market for a mower, consider battery-powered models for a gas-free and fume-

free option. Most battery mowers offer sufficient power to cut typical yards at an average height.

Mowing wet or longer grass consumes more battery power. If you have a large yard, you might

want to purchase an additional battery. Look for a model that allows you to remove the battery

for charging. This is helpful when you need more than one fully-charged battery per mowing.

It’s also important if you store your mower in an unheated shed in a cold region, because most

batteries demand winter storage at temperatures above freezing.