How to mow your lawn
Know the type of grass
When deciding how to mow your lawn, it’s important to know exactly what type of grass seed you have. Different grass plants thrive at different cutting heights, and you will need to adjust your mower to suit your lawn. If you leave the grass blades high enough, they will grow healthier root systems, and shading them will help them conserve moisture. When in doubt, err on the side of cutting too high, and avoid trimming more than one-third of the height of the grass blade.
How often should you mow the lawn?
Once you know how much to cut, the next question is how often to cut. If the grass does not grow beyond the cutting length due to drought or cold weather, mowing is not necessary. Otherwise, experts recommend regular mowing. Weekly mowing is probably best if your grass is growing quickly due to heavy rain or if your mower struggles with high weeds.
Use appropriate equipment
Next, make sure you have the right equipment. The size of your yard is the main deciding factor in choosing your tools. If you have 8,000 square feet (about 743 square metres) or less, about 0.18 of an acre, a manual mower may be the better option (Source: Reel Mower Guide). These simple and powerless mowers cut grass by rolling it through a rotating drum to a cutting bar. Electric, gas and tractor variants are also available. Learn how a reel mower trims your lawn by reading How a Reel Mower Works.
For larger lawns or tall grasses, gas-powered rotary mowers may be the best choice. These mowers use rotating, propeller-like blades to tear off the tops of plants. These implements are available as push mowers and riding mowers. Gas mowers require more maintenance than reel mowers and contribute to air pollution, but they also have additional benefits. High weeds and debris don’t slow down these mowers, and many models boast a mulching feature. Grass clippings are full of nutrients, and if cut into mulch, your yard can absorb them. However, clumps left on your patio surface can smother weeds by shielding them from necessary sunlight.
When it’s time to cut your pieces, you may need additional tools and equipment. After all, you can’t do all the painting in your home with a paint roller, as tight corners and sensitive areas require smaller brushes. The same applies to mowing the lawn. To trim grass around structures or in sensitive areas of the yard, you cannot use a lawn mower. You will likely have to use a manual weed trimmer or an electric weed trimmer. Weed eaters are available in both gas and electric models.
Once you have the tools, it’s time to get to work. Read safety tips and strategic tips on how to mow your lawn properly on the next page.