Lawn Mowing Tips
Posted by lawntips on February 10, 2012
Cut High - especially bluegrass & fescues – deeper root systems, helps choke out weeds (esp. crabgrass), extra shade holds moisture better. Cut too short and plant will rob nutrients from roots for top growth.
One Third Rule - never cut more than 1/3 or grass blade.More is detrimential to root growth. If grass gets out of hand – cut 1/3 - wait 3 days – cut again.
Leave Clippings - grass blades are mostly water, break down quickly and add nutrients back into soil. If you don’t fertilize you shouldn’t need to bag. Well fertilized, fast growing grass may need to be bagged certain times of the year.
Sharpen Blades - Do this regularly and have an extra set. Dull blades rip grass. Grass will grow less evenly and will yellow at ends. This is especially important in dry summer weather.
Spark Plugs - If the mower is hard to(will not) start, change the spark plug. They are cheap to buy, easy to change and fix the problem most of the time.
Oil - change oil mid-season, before the intense heat of summer. Mower will be easier to start and will last longer.