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Lawn Tips: Mowing Best Practices

Best Mowing Practices

There are two very important tips for mowing your: use a sharp blade and don't cut off any more than one third of the grass blade.

The sharp mower blade insures that the grass plants are cut instead of being ripped off. In fact, this is a good way of determining whether your mower blade is sharp enough. A day or so after mowing take a close look at an individual grass blade. The cut edge should be a straight line. If the cut edge is ragged with what looks like tiny strings sticking out, your blade needs to be sharpened.

Leaf blade A demonstrates what a leaf blade should look like after mowing with a sharp blade.
Leaf blade B demonstrates a leaf blade that was injured by a dull mower blade.
Leaf blade C was cut by the mower but indicates that the mower blade is not sharp enough.
Leaf blade D has been mown for quite some time with a dull mower blade.

What difference does it make?

That ragged edge cut grass is an open wound where lawn diseases can enter the plant and cause serious damage to the individual turf plant, which in turn can spread from plant to plant.


Aerating your lawn is a way of reducing thatch buildup that can in some instances, become too thick and reduces the effectiveness of supplemental fertilization and water. Reducing the thatch layer will benefit your soil and the microbes that live there. Depending on your lawn's condition, an annual aeration treatment will be extremely beneficial to maintaining a healthy, vigorous lawn.

Safe Mowing Tips

The lawn care experts at Ecolawn suggest these tips for safe lawn mowing:

  • Keep children and pets out of the yard while mowing.
  • Do a walk-through of the area before you begin mowing. Clear the area of large sticks or other debris.
  • Wear clothing that offers some protection, like sturdy shoes with non-slip soles to provide good traction. Wear eye protection, like glasses, sunglasses, or goggles, while mowing.
  • Read the operating guide for your mower. Make sure you understand all of its safety features prior to use. Make sure your new power mower has a "deadman" control that stops the mower if you let go of the handle. Do not disable this or other safety features of your mower.
  • Do not cut the lawn when it's raining, lightning, or when the grass is slippery.
  • Adolescents should be at least 12 years of age before they operate lawn-mowing equipment. Discuss lawn mower safety with all of your children.
  • Never allow young children to ride alone on a riding mower.
  • Caution adolescents who are operating lawn-mowing equipment to avoid carelessly placing hands near power blades. Do not clean the grass exit with your hands.
  • Do not push a lawn mower onto the pavement. The lawn keeps objects from being hurled at a high speed. On the pavement, there is no such protection.
  • Make sure your mower is in good working condition at all times.
  • Do not operate a mower when under the influence of alcohol or other drugs that impair judgment.

Keep it Sharp

Using a dull lawn mower blade rips at the blades of turf grass leaving a ragged edge that turns brown. This ragged edge opens up the plant to disease infestations. Keep your lawn mower blade sharp during the mowing season.


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