It’s time to mow your lawn. It’s easy enough, right? Well it can be, but not always. Every time you mow the grass, you are setting your lawn up for success or failure. A lot goes into getting the desired effect you have in mind for that for that luscious, leafy green lawn that everyone strives for.

So, how do you get that perfect lawn?

Be advised, shorter isn’t always better. Have you ever gone to the barber or hair dresser and the stylist made one wrong cut? Maybe they nicked your head or cut one inch too short. Either way, it just didn’t look right and growing it back out was so much more complicated than it needed to be. Think of your lawn in the same terms. If you mow your grass too short, it isn’t healthy and you won’t get the look you hoped for. This is called scalping. Scalping your lawn exposes the soil which is the number one contributor to weed infiltration. Not to mention the fact that exposed soil causes the grass roots to poorly develop, resulting in continuous drought and heat damage.

Maintain your blade!

An important part of effectively mowing your lawn is the actual blade in your mower. Many people don’t know this, but your lawn mower blade needs to be regularly sharpened. A sharp blade results in clean cut grass that grows back in a healthy manner. A dull blade results in torn blades of grass with uneven, jagged edges. Tears in the individual grass blades result in openings for diseases and pests to enter. You can tell when your blade is dull because soon after mowing you will see that your grass has white or brown ends and appears to be dying. You should sharpen your mower blade at least 3 to 4 times a mowing season.

Mow when the grass is DRY

This is more for your lawn mower’s health than the grass itself. When you mow your lawn while it’s wet, your lawn mower can get clogged with wet grass. This results in clumps of grass falling on your lawn which can actually kill the lawn underneath it. Damp soil can also cause ruts in your lawn where the grass is torn up from the wheels of your mower. If you can’t avoid mowing when your lawn is wet, spray underneath your mower with oil or silicon spray to keep grass from getting stuck.

Staying cool is key

When you mow your lawn, don’t mow in the heat of the day. Just like any other plant, pruning puts stress on your grass. If you mow while the sun is at peak temperature, you allow more water to be lost from individual grass blades. This makes it harder for the grass to recover compared to when you mow in the cooler parts of the day. When your grass loses less water, it rebounds much quicker.

Save yourself and your lawn a lot of trouble by simply following these mowing tips! They take much less time to implement than your lawn would take to grow healthily with poor mowing practices.