9 Tips for Mowing & Perfect Lawn.
1. Plan How to Mow Your Yard
Trim the yard edges first, which puts the grass clippings back into the grass to be mulched by the mower….or you can also mow the area first and then go back to trim, which takes advantage of the mower’s large cutting path area and will reduce time spent on trimming. Pick one approach to avoid constantly swapping tools.
2. Cut a Wide Collar
Make a good “wide collar” for your border that you mow first around the lawn’s perimeter. Cut it wide enough to turn the mower around without driving into stepping into the flower beds.
3. Buzz Cuts, are a No No
Scalping your yard is the term used for cutting the grass too short. will normally leave ugly brown patches in areas of uneven ground and strain the lawn root systems. “This leads to weeds breaking through the turf, and makes more work. Rules of thumb: Cool-season grass is normally cut at 2½ to 3½ inches; warm-season grass is cut to 1 to 3 inches.
4. Take Your Time, & Watch Your Mowing Speed
Slow down at bit…Haste can make a waste of your lawn. This is particularly true with tall or wet grass, which can resist a swift cut. Even cutting in dry conditions, a rushed job normally will lead to uneven shearing and leaves behind clumps of poorly mulched clippings.
5. Mow Straight – Don’t Look Down
You will mow a straighter line IF you focus about 10-15 feet ahead of the mower rather than directly at the wheels. Just be careful looking for obstacles hidden in grass.
6. Bag the Bagging
Picking up your grass clippings prevents them from getting tracked into the house, but mulching as you know, puts the grass particles back into the turf, providing nutrients such as nitrogen to the soil. Note: With mulching practices you’ll end up with a healthier turf.
7. Alternate Your Cut Pattern
Grass will lean lean in the direction in which you mow it. Switching up your cutting pattern from week to week will encourage your grass to grow straighter and healthier.
8. Trim Ambidextrously
A typical straight-shaft string-trimmer head spins counterclockwise and is operated right to left. This means that, if you’re in the right-handed majority, you’ll waste time walking sideways or backward. Grasp the trimmer handle with your left hand so you can simply walk forward and make a cleaner trimming job of it. Try it out…You’ll find it’s faster, safer, and will find out it is less tiring to trim this way.
9. Always Edge and Trim at Once
Always, Hold the string-trimmer head vertically to cut a clean edge (along a curb, for instance), and turn it horizontal to trim around bushes or landscape features. “Look at your property landscape and find a continuous path you can follow to trim and edge in one pass,” This will get the job done quickly without having you backtrack and trim what was missed.