Your Ultimate Guide to Mowing Your Lawn

Your Ultimate Guide To Mowing Your Lawn

Posted : April 6, 2022

Mowing your lawn is essential to keeping your grass lush, healthy, and green; it also encourages growth. But did you know there’s a right way and a wrong way to cut the grass? You can trace some of the most common lawn problems back to how you mowed your lawn. Here’s a look at some basic rules for clipping your grass the right way to encourage a healthy, happy yard. 

Rule 1: Don’t Cut Wet Grass

You might be tempted to wake up early Saturday morning to mow the lawn before the heat kicks in, but that’s not what’s best for your grass. Wet grass doesn’t cut well and causes an uneven trim, so it’s essential to wait until it’s dry. But cutting the grass when it’s too hot can cause stress to you and the lawn. Mowing in the early evening is ideal because this is when the dew has dried up and the heat of the day is gone. This gives the grass time to recover before the intense sun hits the next day.

Rule 2: Set Your Mower to High

Many people prefer to cut their grass as short as possible so that they don’t have to mow again for a week or more. However, what’s best for your lawn is to set your mower to the highest preferred setting for your specific type of grass

That’s because longer blades of grass develop deeper root systems that resist drought and can find moisture and nutrients from deep in the soil. Taller blades also shade the soil and keep its temperature cooler, discouraging weed growth.

Check your grass type because certain grasses like Bermuda, centipede, and zoysia thrive with a lower mower setting. 

Rule 3: Change Your Mowing Pattern

Do you mow a cool checkered pattern into your grass? Or maybe you just start on the outsides and work your way in? There are so many different options when it comes to mowing patterns for your yard, and the best thing for any lawn is to change things up every time you cut your grass. 

Mowing the same route over and over can cause your grass to lean in one direction rather than standing upright. It can also lead to ruts in your yard. Mowing in different directions will lead to tall, upright grass that’s healthier and happier than grass that leans heavily in one direction.

Rule 4: Mow When the Grass Is Ready

We get it, you live your life on a schedule. But as tempting as it might be to add mowing your lawn as a recurring task every Saturday, your grass will do better when you don’t mow on a schedule. Instead, only mow when your grass needs it. 

Typically that means waiting a little longer than you might think you should. The season, type of grass you have, and its growth pattern will all determine when it’s the right time to mow. Rapid growth in the spring typically requires you to mow more frequently and then slows in the heat of the summer and into the fall months.

Rule 5: Leave Grass Clippings on Your Lawn

Have you ever walked on a freshly mowed lawn with wet feet and had grass clippings stuck to every inch of your feet and legs? It’s not fun. It’s also not great to look out at your yard to see piles and piles of heavy grass clippings. But that’s not what we’re suggesting.

If your grass is super long, it’s best to bag the clippings and add them to a compost pile or dispose of them in the green waste. As long as your grass is shorter and you’re not cutting off a huge amount, leave the clippings on the lawn. They break down quickly and return essential nutrients to the soil, which is a great way to encourage a lush, green lawn.

Rule 6: Mow With Sharp Blades

You sharpen your kitchen knives whenever they get dull, right? A dull blade can’t do the job it was meant to do nearly as well as when it’s sharp. The same is true of your lawnmower blades. Cutting your grass with dull blades can tear your grass instead of leaving a clean cut, resulting in brown, ragged edges. 

Over time this can weaken your grass and allow diseases to overtake it. Generally, you should sharpen your mower blades once a year—this will help improve your lawn’s health and keep your mower running more smoothly.

Rule 7: Be Smart About Safety

A lawnmower’s blades are powerful and can cut more than just grass if you’re not careful. Always be sure to follow these helpful safety tips when mowing your grass:

  • Wear appropriate footwear. Flip flops or sandals are a major safety hazard when operating a lawnmower. Make sure your shoes are closed-toe and offer plenty of protection for your feet.
  • Keep kids and pets away when mowing, especially if your mower is loud.
  • Protect your eyes from flying debris by wearing sunglasses when you mow.
  • Wear earplugs if your mower is too loud. Avoid headphones unless they are noise-canceling.
  • Avoid mowing a slow up and down since this can result in slipping. Stick to a side-to-side pattern to keep yourself safe.
  • Mow forward whenever possible. Try to avoid pulling the mower backward.
  • Clear your yard of any sticks, rocks, or toys before you mow to minimize the mower flinging objects through the air.

Aeroscape Property Maintenance & Landscaping Can Help

Mowing your lawn regularly and properly is essential to keeping your lawn lush and green from spring until fall. Aerorscape Property Maintenance & Landscaping is here to make maintenance a breeze. 

Our landscaping and sprinkler experts are ready to serve your Utah home or business all year long. We provide superior property maintenance and landscaping services in Midvale, Utah, and throughout the greater Salt Lake area, including Park City, Lehi, and more. Contact us today to get started!