Mowing the lawn can be a difficult task. There are many things to consider when mowing, such as timing and height of grass, which type of mower to use, how often to cut it in different seasons, etc. Here are some tips on how to properly maintain your lawn:
Cutting with Dull Blades Causes
A lawn mower should be started every time before it is used. The lawn mower blade should be kept sharp, which will make sure your lawn looks good after mowing and that you don’t miss any spots. Mowing a lawn with dull blades can cause lawnmower scalping – this results in uneven grass cuttings, where some parts are higher than the others. This effect can also create ruts on your lawn, as well as dust clouds coming from the lawn mower when moving over the same spot for several times. It is recommended to sharpen lawn mower blades at least once per year to make them last longer and provide better cutting results.
If you saw grass flying around during mowing, there’s a chance the lawn mower blades are too dull to cut properly. Dull lawn mower blades can also make lawnmower make noise louder than usual, which might be disturbing for your neighbors.
Timing Is Important When Cutting Lawn
Cutting lawn at favorable times will make the lawn look neat without decreasing its quality. For example, hot summer days are not recommended to mow lawns. The best time to cut lawn should be early in the morning – around 6 AM – or at evening hours, after 6 PM and before sunset. This way you will avoid problems that could occur during mowing: if your lawn is too dry, lawn mower will be producing dust while cutting grass, which might irritate your eyes. If lawn is too wet after mowing you can leave slippery spots on lawn, making it difficult for people to walk or play on the lawn later.
Not Cutting Often Enough
If lawn is not cared for often, it will look bad. Cutting lawn too seldom can cause lawn plants to grow taller than the normal lawn height and become more susceptible to diseases. This also causes longer grass to be easily blown around by wind. If lawn mower hasn’t been used in over a month, its blades should be sharpened right away. You need to clean all the parts of lawn mower before using again to make sure there aren’t any objects that can damage your lawn while mowing it.
Mowing with High Speed
When mowing at a certain height for several times in row, some areas might become flattened because lawn mower blades are working at high speeds on them. It is recommended to slightly reduce lawn mower speed when passing over these areas to reduce lawn scalping.
Mowing Lawn At Lawn Mower Height That Is Too High Or Too Low
Mowing lawn while the lawn mower blades are set on a height higher than the recommended one can cause your lawn to go out of control and cut off parts of lawn plants. This might also cause other problems, such as uneven grass layers after cutting it and causing bald spots in your lawn if not repaired fast enough. If you have set lawn mower blades on their lowest position, contact a specialist immediately.
Using Lawn Mower with Damaged/ Missing Parts
If lawn mower blades are damaged they can cause lawn mower blade bumps on your lawn, leaving ugly marks that might be difficult or impossible to repair. Same goes for lawn mowing parts such as lawn mowing wheels: if one of them is broken it should immediately remove and replace by a new one.
Applying Wrong Amount Of Fertilizer
Too little or too much fertilizer applied on lawn can cause dead spots in your lawn plants. In order to avoid damaging effects that fertilizers might have on your lawn you should check the packaging before using it: instructions on how much fertilizer should be used depends on lawn type. You should also observe lawn after applying fertilizer – if there are any dead spots in lawn, you might have applied more or less than required amount of fertilizer.
Not Watering Lawn Properly
If lawn is not watered enough it will affect its appearance and your lawn mowers effectiveness when cutting grass. If lawn is left too long without water, it allows air to enter into the soil and lawn mower blades can get stuck inside this softened soil during the mowing operation.
Power Lawn Mower Leaking Oil
Lawn mowers which are not maintained properly can cause many lawn-related problems such as lawn scalping. Lawn mower blades might get stuck in lawn if lawn mower is leaking some oils from the engine or other mechanical parts. In addition to this, oil leaks often leave ugly marks on the lawn, so if you have already purchased a lawn mower – it is recommended to check whether there’s any leaks of cooling liquid from your lawn mower before using it for cutting grass.