Most of us do not pay much attention to mowing the lawn. After all, how hard can it be to cut grass? However, if you want to have an attractive lawn, mowing technique is much more important than you might realize. Mowing correctly can be the difference between a pristine, perfect lawn and a brown, scraggly patch of grass. If you are like most homeowners and have never put much thought into your mowing technique, read on for some expert tips on how to cut your grass the correct way.

Mow A Dry Lawn

The first tip is not to mow right after watering or rain. If you are going to combine your lawn care into a single day, mowing should probably be the first task you take on. Wet grass bends out of the way of mower blades more easily, making it harder to get a clean, even cut. It also will clog your mower, and clumps of grass and mud will often form on top of areas of grass. Dry grass cuts cleanly and without fuss.

Use A Sharp Blade

Similar to the problem with wet grass, dull blades have trouble getting a clean cut. Some of the grass will manage to move out of the way, resulting in an uneven, scraggly lawn. The cuts that do happen will also be less clean, leaving more surface area on the tips of your grass blades. This does not just affect the appearance of the lawn, but also can have a big impact on the health of your grass.

Cutting grass, by necessity, opens up the top of the stalks of grass. The cleaner the cut, the easier it is for the grass to heal the opening and recover. Dull, uneven cuts that provide a lot of surface area will let more oxygen come in contact with the vulnerable inside of the grass, and let more moisture evaporate out. This stresses the plant and can cause it to become brown and need more water than normal. A sharp lawnmower blade is an easy fix to this problem.

Don’t Mow The Same Way Twice

It’s easy to get into a routine with your yard work. However, mowing is one where mixing it up is important. Mowing your lawn in the same pattern every time can create a lot of problems. The wheels of your mower will create divots in the lawn, which over repeated mowing’s can deepen and start damaging root systems. The end result is narrow strips of barren land in your lawn.

Grass also will develop a grain if it is mowed the same way multiple times in a row. This creates a clear pattern of grass leaning one way or the other based on the path your mowing route takes. Between these imperfections, a lawn that is mowed the same way every time will be noticeably less even and green.

The solution is to be active about changing your mowing pattern. If you need to, keeping notes is a great way to remember what you did last time. Try alternating between horizontal and vertical paths and start from a different spot every time. Try to go at least four mowing’s before you repeat a path.

Also, look out for telltale signs of imperfection. If you notice a strip of grass that is noticeably lower or browner than the surrounding area, this is probably the result of a wheel pushing on that area. Try to make sure that line passes directly under the blades this time to avoid worsening the problem by rolling over it again.

Don’t Mow Too Short

Grass needs to be a certain height to survive. For a healthy, well-kept lawn, the ideal height is around three inches. However, if you let your lawn get out of hand, it may need to be pruned back to this height gradually. Doing it all at once could kill your lawn.

Grass, like all plants, grows for a reason. The blades of grass are there to provide the plant with sunlight, just as the roots are there to provide water and nutrients. These two systems need to work in tandem, and they rely on one another. When some of a blade of grass is removed, it becomes more difficult for the plant to get enough sunlight to power the root system. If the grass loses too much of its energy production capabilities at once, it may become unable to support itself, and die.

For this reason, it is important not to cut so much of your lawn that you put it into shock. If your lawn has been neglected for a while and has grown very high, you will need to gradually wean it back to an appropriate height so that the plant can adjust to having less blade to work with. A general rule of thumb is to never cut more than a third of a blade of grass off at once. This means that, if your grass is nine inches, you should trim it to no less than six inches. Then, let it adjust as it grows back to around seven inches, then cut it back to about five inches, and repeat this process until you make it back to three inches.

Remember also to never cut your grass much below three inches. It can be tempting to cut shorter if you know you will be too busy to cut it but remember that your grass grows for a reason. Taking away too much of the blades can send the plant into shock and kill it.

Mowing the lawn is a lot of work, but it is important to do the job right. You can also consider hiring a professional Many people mistakenly believe that most of keeping a healthy lawn is watering, but mowing technique can have just as much of an impact. Remember these techniques when caring for your yard and become a more active mower. Your reward will be a much more even, green, healthy, pristine yard that your neighbors will be jealous of!