Mowing the Lawn: What Are You Doing Wrong?

You’ve been mowing your lawn for years, but are you doing it correctly? Below are a few eye-opening practices that you should be adhering to every time you mow.

lawn-mowerThe One-Third Rule

The One-Third Rule is important for ensuring you do not cut your grass too short. The rule states that you should only cut 1/3 of the length of your grass. For example, if your grass is supposed to be at least two inches long to stay healthy, you should mow when the length of your grass reaches about three inches and cut it back down to two inches.

Keep Your Mower Blades Sharp

Mowing with dull blades tears grass rather than cleanly cutting through it. This can leave it susceptible to disease and brown-tipping. Also, dull blades put more stress on your mower.

Avoid Mowing When it’s Wet

Mowing when it’s wet can be harmful to your grass, as the wet blades of grass stick together in clumps. These clumps can block sunlight from reaching your grass, which in turn could kill your lawn.

Grass Clippings Aren’t Always Bad

There are a lot of people out there that will tell you that leaving grass clippings on your lawn is bad for its health. While this can be true if there is an excessive amount of clippings that block sunlight from reaching your lawn, grass clippings can actually be beneficial to your lawn’s health. As long as they aren’t clumped up, clipped blades of grass act as a nutrient-rich fertilizer for your lawn.

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