Most people think of the secret to a great looking lawn, they think fertilizing, watering, aerating, and weeding. The most overlooked step is mowing. While many people think of mowing as just keeping their grass at a certain height, there are far more benefits to lawn mowing.
Lawn Mowing Guide
Walk the area you are about to cut. Remove all branches, sticks, toys, and trash that you do not want to make it in to the wrong side of your mower.
Do not cut off more than one third of your grass at a time. If you've let your grass grow for too long a period, bring it back down to the correct height over a few cuts. Do not rush it. When grass is cut too short, it stresses the grass and provides more sunlight the competition (read WEEDS).
The next most important step is how often to cut the grass? Once you know the cutting frequency, try to stick with it. If the it seems like the grass you have should be cut more than you want to cut it, think about selecting a new grass type for your lawn (WARNING: Expensive!).
Identify your grass type. There are a few select regularly grown grass types in southern Louisiana: Centipede grass, St. Augustine grass, Bermudagrass, and Zoysia.
Do not cut wet grass if possible. The mower makes a poor cut on wet grass. The grass tears instead of getting a clean cut. Plus there are tire tracks.
Keep Your Mower in Great Condition
Sharp blades make a big difference. An average homeowner should have their blades sharpened or replaced at least once a year, preferably in spring. Mowers with a lot of use should get their blades sharpened again halfway through the year.
Keep the area underneath your mower near the blades clean and free from debris. It can slow down your blades or it could detach and hurl out.
Change the oil in your mower according to the owners manual. At the very least, change the oil each spring. Drain the remaining gas in your mower when the grass stops growing in winter.
Professional Lawn Mowing Service
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If you would simply like some advice on mowing, please contact us and we will be excited to help.
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We put together a quick video on how to change the oil in a lawnmower. It is pretty simple, but a lot of people don't really know how to change the oil on your average push mower. Follow the instructions for you particular brand of mower, but the rule of thumb is to change the oil after 30 hours of use. Let me know any questions you have in the comments section.
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