Grass Cutting Guide With Tips and Tricks
- Avoid cutting more than a third of the height of the grass with each pass
- Ensure that each pass with the mower slightly overlaps the previous pass. You can even mark your mower with chalk or marker to help guide the overlap
- If you want to achieve perfect straight stripes throughout your lawn or if your lawn doesn't have straight edges, then begin by mowing in the middle of the lawn, then proceed to mow on either side of it.
- Do not be overly concerned with cutting every single bit of grass on the edges of the lawn. Spend the time to go around and just do the edges at the end, which will also give your lawn a professional finished look
- If your mower uses a roller, be sure to mow in the opposite direction each month
- For a wheeled mower you must have a consistent overlap when mowing, otherwise the wheels will follow the same path and create unsightly ruts and tramlines
- Longer and wetter grass requires mowing at a slower speed (the walking speed)
- When scalping the lawn in high spots be sure to increase the mowing height. Scalped areas are usually weedy or mossy
- Cut shady areas and slopes at one setting higher compared to the rest of your lawn
- When the lawn looks frayed or has a silver sheen after mowing, your blades need to be sharpened
- Encountering stuttering blades or a rippled and ribbed effects in the lawn while using a cylinder mower means that the mower is either under-powered or blunt or that the grass is too wet or too long. You need to mow more frequently and at a slower speed.
If your mower model allows it, leave the box off when weeds and weed grasses aren't in their seeding stage in the summer to help conserve your lawn's moisture, and to lightly feed the lawn during this growing season for one or two cuts each season after using seaweed, liquid feed or iron products