1. Keep your mower blades sharp.
Your mower blades should be sharpened at least twice a season. This makes it easier to cut through the grass blades, as opposed to tearing through them. In addition, this keeps the tip of the grass blade from browning out which will affect the overall appearance of the lawn.
2. Wash your mover deck frequently.
Keeping the underside of your mowing deck clean is an easy way to prevent fungus and disease from spreading through your lawn.
3. Cut on different angles.
Simply mow the grass in a different direction each time. This prevents rutting and soil compaction. This also prevents the grass from constantly leaning in the same direction. Lastly, it can create a stripping affect, which looks attractive as well if the lines are straight.
4. Only take off 1/3 of the grass blade.
Did you know it is unhealthy to take off more than one-third of any plant or tree when trimming? It can be stressful to the plant and make it more susceptible to disease. If your grass is too long when you mow, readjust the deck height to only take off one-third of the grass blade.
5. Mow high.
If you live in the northern states and lawn is composed of more bluegrass or fescue, you should be mowing on the higher side, say 3"-4". By doing so, you will avoid scalping the grass blades and mowing too short. There is usually a correlation between root length and blade length. Keep them balanced to avoid stress and disease. If you live in the southern states and have Bermuda grass or something similar, consult a local professional for tips regarding this.
6. Mow frequently.
Since we all have busy schedules, it is not always convenient to mow more than once per week. However, your grass grows faster during certain times of the year and should be mowed more often during that time period. In some cases, that might mean once every five days or so, which also goes along with the one-third rule.
7. Don't bag your grass.
Avoid picking up your grass clippings unless you're leaving clumps behind. A good mulching mower will leave the cuttings behind, which also leaves the nutrients and absorbed fertilizers behind. A common myth is that mulching adds to thatch build up, however this isn't true. Thatch is actually made up of the mixed layers of dead and alive grass chutes, roots, and stems.
Having good mowing technique and a schedule are easy ways to help your lawn stay healthy. It is not too complicated or expensive, but it will require a little dedication during the growing season. In the end, it will be worth it when your lawn is the talk of the neighborhood!
Interested in learning more about how to keep your lawn healthy? Check out part one and part two of this blog series.