10 Mowing Tips To Mow Like A Pro
1. Use a sharp blade. Sharpen it as often as you can. Once or twice a year. A sharp blade will give you a clean cut that looks good and keeps your grass healthy.
2. Pick up trash. Also, clear the lawn from any obstacles. Never mow anything but your lawn. Running over trash or rocks is unsafe and will dull your blade. And you’ll have a big mess for to clean up.
3. Mow around the edge of the lawn first. Do this about two times. Once you are done with that, you will have enough room to turn your mower around as you mow the middle.
4. Mow straight lines. This is the biggest key to making your lawn look professionally mowed. Mow parallel to the sidewalk or house and try to keep the lines straight. As you mow, the wheels will leave lines in the grass, these lines will add to the clean cut look if you keep it nice and clean. Have you ever seen a fresh cut baseball field beautifully manicured grass? It looks awesome.
5. Overlap your cut lines slightly. About one to two inches will do. This will make sure that all the grass has a chance to get cut each week.
6. Trim your edges after you mow. Use a trimmer and top off any grass that didn’t get cut by the mower. This will keep all the grass at the same height.
7. Alternate your mowing patterns every week. Switch up your patterns (see diagrams below). This allows your lawn to get a even cut through out the month. I have seen lawns that have permanent stripes in the grass from the mower wheels rolling in the exact same place every week – you want to avoid that!
8. Edge your grass. Use your trimmer vertically or use an edger, next to walkways and hard surfaces. This makes a big impact on the overall appearance and will keep the grass from growing over the sidewalk, which just looks sloppy.
9. Don’t let it get too long between cuts. It will be harder to mow and take longer to get the job done. I have done this before thinking that I could wait another week. The result? It takes me three times as log to get the job done, because I have to unload the bag more frequently and unclog the mower after every pass because of the long grass. If it has gotten really bad, it may mean having to mow twice. Once at a higher setting and then then again at a lower setting.
10. Don’t cut it too short. Cutting the grass too short will damage the lawn and cause the lawn to dry out faster. You will also damage your blade by cutting into the soil.1. Use a sharp blade. Sharpen it as often as you can. Once or twice a year. A sharp blade will give you a clean cut that looks good and keeps your grass healthy.