The Do’s and Don’t of Lawn Mowing

When it comes to lawn care in the summer, mowing is at the top of the list. Here’s some tips to help you get the most from your lawn mowing efforts.

• DON’T mow your grass when it’s wet, whether due to rain or watering, because you can damage both the blades and your lawn.
• DO keep your lawnmower blades sharp. A dull blade will damage grass and cause the injured area to turn brown, resulting in an unsightly and unhealthy lawn.
• DON’T buzz-cut an overgrown lawn to “get back on schedule.” Instead, cut the grass back in increments, never by more than a third of its current length.
• DO cut your lawn “high,” leaving about 2 to 3 inches of blade. That height helps to limit weed growth, reduce the need for watering, and promote strong root structures.
• DON’T mow your lawn obsessively. Like any plant, grass needs time to recover from being cut. Plus, it’s bad for your mower. If you’re looking for a suburban obsession, take up golf and ease up on your own greens.
• DO vary your mowing pattern. Much as you may be tempted to go on autopilot when mowing your lawn, it’s actually better to have a set of different routes.Mowing the lawn the same way each time will cause wheel ruts, “scuffing” where your turn, and a lean to the direction in which the grass grows. Try rotating your mowing patterns, varying between lengthwise, widthwise, or diagonally. Whichever route you take, make sure each pass overlaps the previous one by a few inches and try to throw cut grass into the path that you have not mowed yet. This recuts grass and allows for better decomposition.

We hope this list of do’s and don’t’s will help you achieve that lush, well-manicured lawn, which whill enhance the beauty of your home and make you the envy of the neighborhood. For more tips or products to help with lawn care, visit the experts at your local Stockdale's.