Here’s How to Cut the Lawn Like a Professional

Even if you’ve been mowing lawns for many years there are always steps you can take to produce better results. The key is to use some of the methods of professional lawn-care specialists. While the situations are somewhat different due to factors such as the equipment used and the average size of the lawn, many of the lawn-mowing methods can be used for both professional and private mowers. Here are some key issues to help you produce the best results:

Cut the Lawn Like a Professional

Mowing Height

This is one of the biggest issues in the world of lawn-mowing. People talk and argue about the issue all the time, but does it matter? In fact, the variety of grass that you’re mowing should affect the height that you mow it at. There are preferred heights for different types of grass.

The grass should be cut so it’s tall enough from the mowing and retain a root system that’s healthy. On the other hand, the lawn should be low enough in order for the lawn not to get too rough or stem-looking. The majority of grasses have an excellent balance between their root system’s size and the grass blades’ length. The plants will be their healthiest when the roots of the grass/blades of grass are balanced. In addition they’ll be able to deal with various types of stress. This is certainly an issue that you should consider when mowing glass, as you’ll certainly want to see the best results produced.

Scalped/Overgrown Grass

These are two extremes that you’ll want to avoid when mowing your lawn. Your grass can be balanced by maintaining the right height. Do not scalp your lawn’s grass since it then causes the green plant to get energy from its reserves of food. As time passes that could put stress on grass. That will in turn cause it to thin out, and make it vulnerable to cold, heat, bugs, drought, and disease. Those are situations that you’ll ’likely want to avoid.

When you cut the grass too near the growth of the roots/plants will almost stop completely until the time the leaves are able to recover. This causes a lot of stress on the plant, which can cause the grass to appear yellow after you mow it. The grass doesn’t have the appearance of healthy plants because it’s not.

In the case that your grass’s lawn has become too long/overgrown, it’s important not to mow the grass to the correct height in one session. It’s better to cut one-third, and then cut another one-third in 3-4 days. This won’t cause too much stress on grass, which is definitely a plus and a situation you’ll want to avoid.

When/How to Mow

The best times to mow your lawn should be based on the height of the grass, instead of the calendar. You should first determine the best height of your lawn based on the variety of grass you have. There are many sources to find the optimum height for a particular type of grass.

When your lawn grows up in the spring, let it grow 1/3 taller than the ideal height. Then cut it by a maximum of 1/3 to bring the grass’ height to the optimum height again. Keep mowing at that height until the fall season. That’s when the growth of the grass slows or it becomes dormant.

You should also vary the mowing pattern you use. It’s important not to use the same direction each time you mow your lawn. If you do that you can cause the soil to get compacted into ruts. Another issue is that grass leans/grows in whatever direction it’s been mowed. Mowing your grass in a different direction every time you mow the lawn will help the grass to grow straight and prevent ruts in the soil that can become very visible in certain situations.

It’s also advisable not to cut grass that’s wet. The reason is the cuts are usually uneven, and the clippings can stop up the mower and can stick to the grass, which blocks light.

These are just some of the ways you can mow your lawn faster and more efficiently. The key is to consider issues such as the type of grass you’re mowing, which will help to determine issues such as when you should cut the grass. Taking such issues into consideration will help to produce the best results.

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