To have a great looking lawn, it is important to mow it the right way and to take care of your lawn mower. Frankie Flowers has nine lawn mowing tips to help you to keep your lawn in top shape!
- Keep your lawn mower blades sharpened. Sharpen them every 10-12 hours of operation.
- Make sure to (carefully) clean the carriage of your mower, removing any clumps of dried grass or dirt. Make sure to use gloves and ensure the mower is turned off or unplugged before getting anywhere close to the blades!
- Do not mow more than one third of your grass at one time. This means you should be mowing based on height and not the day of the week.
- Mow your grass at height of 2.5-3 inches. This is one of the best ways to keep you lawn green and healthy in the summer and cuts down on weeds. Increase to a height of 3 -4 inches when the weather starts to get hot and dry. Higher mowing heights for shady areas will help that grass have more area to catch light on for photosynthesis.
- Change your mowing patterns each time you mow so you don’t get wear and tear on the same direction week after week.
- Slightly overlap the previous mow line on each pass to get an even cut and make sure you don’t miss any spots. Do a final mow around the perimeter of the lawn at the end to get any missed parts and to add a polished look to your lawn.
- Wait until the grass is dry to mow. Mowing wet grass can tear the grass, compact the soil and isn’t great for your mower.
- Mow in the morning or the evening, not midday on hot, dry days.
- Leave the lawn clippings on the grass. They will quickly decompose and to conserve moisture and add nutrients back into your lawn. Rake or spread out bigger piles of clippings so they don’t smother the grass underneath and too speed up decomposition. If you don’t like the look of the clippings on the lawn, consider a mulching mower so they are chopped up to smaller, less obvious pieces.