Have you been frustrated with the results after mowing your lawn? You push or ride the lawnmower back and forth, but your grass still looks uneven and unkempt.
Don’t worry; you’re not alone. Maintaining a lawn can be challenging. It isn’t easy to perfect your mowing skills. However, with the proper techniques, you can achieve a perfectly mowed lawn that’s the envy of your neighborhood.
Keep Lawn Mower Blades Sharp
Dull lawn mower blades can rip the grass rather than cut it cleanly. Torn grass can be vulnerable to diseases like bacteria and mold, giving your lawn a ragged appearance. A sharp edge, on the other hand, will create a neat and healthy-looking yard. Experts recommend sharpening your lawn mower blades three times a year or switching out worn blades for new ones.
Mow High and Leave It Longer
Of all the tips for mowing the lawn, this advice gets forgotten the most. In the pursuit of a neat, clean cut that’ll last, many homeowners drop down the mower deck and trim it low. However, if this technique is your regular routine, you’ll likely shock your grass leading to yellowing or browning.
Mowing your lawn at a higher height ensures its health. Longer grass blades can help shade the undergrowth, retain moisture, and support healthy roots.
Avoid cutting more than one-third of the grass’s height, with two exceptions. The only time you can and should cut your grass short is before applying a top dressing and your last cut of the season before winter.
Alternate Mowing Patterns
Mowing your lawn along the same path every time can cause the grass to lean in the same direction, leading to thatch buildup and uneven growth. To avoid this issue, switch up your mowing patterns each time. Changing your route allows for an even distribution of the grass and promotes healthy growth.
Avoid Mowing Wet Grass
It can be frustrating when your first chance to mow during the week is a rainy day. You may be tempted to hop on the mower when the clouds first part, but take our expert advice and wait for the grass to dry.
Mowing wet grass can lead to the following problems.
- More slippery and difficult to cut evenly, increasing the likelihood of accidents while mowing
- Wet clumps of grass can clog the mower, reducing its effectiveness
- Damage to the turf, causing it to tear or rip, leading to disease, fungi, and rot
- After a storm your lawn may contain rocks, twigs, and debris that can damage the mower blades and cause costly repairs
Trust a Professional Lawn Mowing Service for the Best Results
Say goodbye to uneven grass, weeds, and overgrowth and hello to a perfectly manicured lawn. Trust the professional and experienced team at Terra Lawn Care to get the job done right and exceed your expectations. Contact Terra Lawn Care today for a free estimate!