Mow Like a Pro: Tips for Mowing Your Lawn
Mowing must be done regularly while grass is growing. It encourages dense growth, and without a regular trim the quality of a lawn will deteriorate.
Make the most of your mow by following these tips:
- Mow in spring, summer, and fall, and occasionally in winter if the grass is growing.
- Do not mow when the lawn is very wet, frozen, or during drought conditions in summer.
- Brush off any worm castings before mowing, or they will be flattened and smother the grass.
- Collect clippings. If left they will encourage earthworms and worm casts, and build up a layer of “thatch.” The exception is during hot summers, when the clippings can be left as a mulch to conserve soil moisture.
- For a rectangular lawn, first mow a wide strip at each end, for turning the mower. Then mow up and down in straight strips, slightly overlapping the edges of each strip.
- For a curved or irregular shape, start by mowing a strip around the edge, then mow straight up the center. Mow each half as for a rectangular lawn.
- If a mower jams while you’re using it, make sure you unplug it or remove the spark plug lead before investigating.