Regardless of your lawn’s size, you’ll need to mow it regularly to keep the grass, as well as weeds, in check.
Neglecting to mow your lawn for just a few weeks can result in a messy landscape that harms your home’s curb appeal.
With that said, you should avoid the five following mistakes when mowing your lawn.
#1) Mowing Wet Grass
Never mow your lawn when the grass is wet.
Moisture will weigh down the grass, causing them to bend rather than stand up straight. When you run your lawnmower over wet grass, the heavy and bent grass will clump out.
You can avoid this problem, however, by waiting until your lawn has dried before mowing it.
#2) Using a Dull Blade
Before mowing your lawn, inspect your lawnmower’s blade to ensure it’s sharp.
What’s wrong with mowing your lawn with a dull blade? As explained by the University of Maryland, using a dull blade can cause grass to turn brown while also making it more susceptible to disease.
If your lawnmower’s blade is dull, either sharpen or replace it.
#3) Mowing Too Low
Another common mistake to avoid is mowing too low to the ground.
For a healthy lawn, you must avoid cutting the crowns of the grass. The crowns, of course, are close to the ground, so they are susceptible to damage when mowing too low.
If you’re worried about striking the crowns, consider raising your lawnmower’s blade by 1 or 2 inches.
#4) Mowing Too Quickly
In addition to mowing your lawn too low, you shouldn’t mow it too quickly.
It takes time for a lawnmower’s blade to complete a full rotation. If you push your lawnmower too quickly – or otherwise go too fast – the blade may not be able to reach all the grass. As a result, some areas of your lawn will be taller than others.
By mowing your lawn at a medium, steady pace, you’ll promote a consistent grass height.
#5) Not Mowing Frequently Enough
You’ll need to mow your lawn frequently to keep it healthy.
We’ve all been guilty of allowing our lawns to outgrow at some point or another. When neglected for an extended period, though, your lawn will likely attract invasive weeds.
And the next time you mow it, you’ll have to deal with both the weeds and the overgrown grass.
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