7 Lawn Mowing Tips for a Perfect Lawn

(Last Updated On: June 8, 2019 )

Did you know that mowing the lawn stimulates its growth and root development?

Maintaining your lawn through proper mowing habits can create a lush, green environment that you can take pride in! Much like human hair, regular trimming can help a yard flourish and become healthy and full. 

With these mowing tips, your grass will be the greenest in town. 

Keep reading for 7 ways to make yours the best!

1. Don't Cut Too Short

Cutting your grass too short — aka "scalping" your lawn — won't produce the desired effects you're looking for. Yes, you want a tame lawn. But cutting the blades too short encourages weed growth and affects water evaporation.

The longer the blade, the more surface area. This encourages photosynthesis, which makes your grass lush and healthy.

Adjust your mower height regularly for the ideal blade length. Keep grass longer in summer, shorter in winter (to reduce snow mold).

2. Mow in Different Directions

Keep one direction per mowing session. Do what you prefer as far as your back-and-forth direction.

But on your next mowing session, mow in the opposite direction.

Mowing in the same direction every time can cause rivets over time. This makes it harder for you to have a clean mow. It also makes it more difficult for grass to grow in those areas.

3. For a Clean Edge, Sharpen Your Blade

After you've chosen a quality mower from an equipment dealer, you still have to maintain it. A dull blade will cut your grass edgy and uncoordinated.

Try sharpening your mower's blade if this is happening. A sharp blade produces that desired edge.

4. Keep Grass Longer in Low-Light Spaces

This concept is much like discussed in the first tip. If your lawn is heavily shaded or doesn't receive much light, keeping grass longer can help.

Longer grass has more opportunity to soak up the sun and establish strong roots. Long grass also covers exposed soil better, preventing as much weed stimulation.

5. Mow When Dry

This is more of a mowing tip for you, not your lawn.

Don't mow your grass after heavy rain. Wet grass clogs your mower, making the process longer and more laborious. Mow when your lawn is dry.

6. Let Old Grass Lie — AKA "Grasscycle"

All the cuttings and clippings that shoot out of your mower when you're landscaping? If you let them lie, you're effectively "grasscycling" your lawn.

The remnants of your lawn act as a fertilizer, promoting new grass growth.

7. Mow During the Shadiest Time of Day

Your lawn is a living, growing entity. After it's gotten mowed, it needs to recover. This recovery time is difficult during hotter times of the day.

Mow in the early morning, or even better, the evening, when the sun won't do as much damage to the freshly-cut blades.

Mowing Tips for a Healthy, Lush Lawn

At Smart Home Pick, we know that home isn't just a place — it's a feeling. We want you to feel proud of your home and your lawn. That's why we compiled these expert mowing tips!

For more useful tricks and advice, check out the Patio, Lawn & Garden section of our blog!