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How to Mow Your lawn the right way

Tips for Lawn Mowing the Right Way

Does your lawn look uneven and just plain ugly in some spots? How you mow might be affecting its appearance! From how you set your mower height to how soon after the rain falls you decide to cut your grass, good mowing practices are important for keeping your lawn looking vibrant, healthy, and green all season long! Read on to see what the experts at Giroud say about the best lawn mowing practices!

Start with Clean, Sharp Blades

Before you start mowing your lawn, make sure your mower blades are sharp and ready to give an even cut. You should clean your mower blades between each mow to prevent the spread of fungus and diseases. Here is a great video from Simple Green on how to properly clean your lawnmower after each cut.

Lawnmower cleaning tips from HGTV

Lawn Mowing Height

Grass should always be cut at 3-4″ or higher, especially during the warmer months. Taller grass will provide a canopy to retain soil moisture and will prevent unsightly browning, shade weed and crabgrass seeds, and facilitate deep root growth. We recommend that no more than 1/3 of top growth be removed per cutting.

Clumps of dead wet grass can smother a lawn
Do not mow when your grass is wet after a rainfall. Clumps of dead, wet grass can smother your grass and lead to fungal infections.

How Often to Mow

When mowed infrequently, tall, wet grass may leave clumps pf clippings that can smother turf and provide an opening for weed infiltration. You want to mow on a regular schedule, about every 7-10 days. However, you should also be mindful of the weather! If we experience a dry spell, you should mow less often to give your grass a chance to grow. If we have a lot of rain, your grass will surely grow faster, but be careful about mowing when your grass is wet. Clumps of dead, wet grass left behind after a lawn mowing can lead to lawn fungus issues. Click here to see what Lawn Fungus problems to be on the lookout for!

Lawn Mowing on Slopes

If your yard has a slope to it, you should be careful about how you mow in that area. Always mow slopes sideways to prevent scalping. Not only does this prevent damage to your lawn, but it’s also a safer practice for operating your lawn mower.

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Author: Jeanne Hafner

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  • Moe

    Those are great tips, it will help me take care of my lawn better.. Thanks for taking the time to share.

    – Moe

    • Jeanne Hafner

      Thanks Moe! We appreciate the feedback. Good luck with your lawn!

  • Paul

    Good article, especially the tip about watching for slopes. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been mowing the grass and have ruined a blade due to hitting a low spot or a slope in the yard. And I’m a pro!

  • Greg Jones

    Jeanne, Great advice for lawn mowing. Also worth mentioning that it is helpful to keep mower blades sharp to reduce the chance of disease attacking the torn edges left by a dull mower blade . After a bad year of fungus last year (combination of high temperatures and high humidity) I will be applying systemic fungicide before June and following up with a periodic treatment with a non-systemic fungicide throughout the “fungus season”.

    • Jeanne Hafner

      That’s an excellent point, Greg! Thanks for your response! I’ll add that to the post now.