5 Tips for Mowing Your Lawn

What to Know Before You Mow

There is something so satisfying about seeing a lawn freshly cut with clean lines that seem to decorate the luscious turf. You, too, can have the yard that people envy with these mowing tips.

Five Mowing Tips

1. Timing Matters

Try to mow early in the day, ideally mid- to late-morning. The temperatures should still be cool, but the morning dew should have dried by the time you start to cut.

2. Alternate Direction

You can put less stress on your grass by mowing in opposite directions each week. For example, mow horizontally one week and vertically the next, creating perpendicular lines. If you don’t, your grass can weaken, grow irregularly, and have a not-so-attractive pattern.

3. Mow to the Right Height

Mowing your grass as short as can be might seem like an easy way to get out of mowing again soon, but you are doing your grass an injustice. Abide by the 1/3 rule: set your mower to a higher cutting height to avoid removing more than one-third of the grass blade when mowing. In addition to keeping your lawn luscious, it helps your grass develop a deep root system, effectively keeping out weeds in the process.

4. Check Your Blades

Dull blades can shred grass blades rather than cleanly cutting it, which weakens the grass and makes it more vulnerable to disease. Use a grinding wheel to sharpen your lawn mower’s blade at least once a season.

5. Make Sure Your Grass Is Healthy.

That’s what we’re here for. At Shades of Green Lawn & Landscape, we focus on the health of your lawn so you have lively green grass that looks beautiful when mowed. Call us today at 765-771-9998 to learn how we do it.