Mowing Tips

You can play sports, have parties, put out a bouncy house and still leave nary a hint of lawn damage if you care for it properly every week.

Recently, green industry associations and companies have come together to form Project EverGreen to raise the awareness of the environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits of landscapes and promote the significance of those who preserve and enhance green spaces at home, work and play. Project EverGreen is sharing knowledge about healthy lawn with consumers.

Mowing Techniques

Other than the first mowing of the season, never cut more than one-third of the grass leaf blade when mowing. Leaving longer grass helps in reducing water needs and assists the grass to absorb sun for the photosynthesis process. Mow to two to three inches to maintain a deeper root system than grass mowed at only one inch.

Prior to mowing, do a yard safety check and remove trash and large sticks from the lawn that could be projectiles and definitely won't help keep your mower blades sharp. The best time to mow your lawn is during the day when the grass is dry, not when the light is dim or the lawn is wet. Leave the grass clippings on the lawn to return nutrients to the soil (as long as you are mowing frequently enough).

To avoid soil compaction and wear, vary the direction the lawn is mowed. For example, mow horizontally one week, vertically the next and diagonally the week after. This is especially beneficial to small areas.

Mowing Equipment

Sharp mower blades are the key to having a strong lawn. Take the blades to be professionally sharpened once a year to avoid tearing or hurting the grass stems, making them vulnerable to pests and disease.

Following these simple mowing tips and mower maintenance practices will help produce a hardy, healthy lawn that easily withstands even the most vigorous family pastimes. If you have any questions about mower maintenance, check your owner’s manual for specific information on your equipment. Now get out there and enjoy your lawn.

“How you mow your lawn is more important to its well-being than the type of activities you use your lawn for,” explains Bill Klutho of John Deere and a contributor to Project EverGreen. “Proper care of your mowing equipment will also improve your lawn’s appearance and strength.”

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