Is your lawn looking a bit dull and brown, even though you're sure it is getting enough water? Maybe certain areas are looking a bit shaggy while others are too short. By improving on your lawn mowing strategy with these five quick tips, you can solve these common problems and more.
Trim to the right length for your type of grass.
If you have cool season grass (which is common in the northern US), you should be trimming your grass to about 2 inches in length. Warn-season grasses (common in the south) do best when trimmed to about an inch. Cutting your grass too long or too short may inhibit its growth. If you're not sure whether your grass is a warm or cool season variety, a landscaping expert can help you make this determination.
When you mow too quickly, the blades may push some blades of grass down rather than cutting them, resulting in that shaggy look you abhor. Take your time when mowing, walking slowly and enjoying the great outdoors -- the more attractive end result will be worth it.
Empty your bag often.
If your trimming bag gets full before you finish mowing, your mower may start spewing clippings out onto the lawn, resulting in a messy look. If you go over the area again in hopes of cleaning them up, you might end up with uneven results. It's best to empty your bag when you know there is still space left in it. Pay attention to when your bag fills up, so next time, you can empty it before you reach that point in your mowing session.
Change your mowing direction each time you mow.
Grass leans in the direction in which you mow it. This means that one side of the blades will get less sunlight than the other, and may develop a more yellow appearance. By switching mowing directions each time you mow, you ensure more even sun exposure -- and a more evenly green lawn.
Set the blades higher at first.
If you are not sure what level you need to set the blades on to get the lawn length you desire, always air on the side of caution, starting with higher blades first. You can always lower them for a closer cut if they are too high -- but you can't add length back to grass that you've trimmed too short.
For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Williams Lawn Care & Landscaping, Inc.