Even if you have a beautiful house, the effect can be ruined by an overgrown or neglected lawn. In order to keep your grass healthy, it’s important to know how to properly mow your lawn. Here are some tips that will help you mow like a pro.

Timing

How often you mow depends on several factors. These include how often you use fertilizer, what time of year it is, how often you water the lawn and other factors. You should generally mow your lawn when the height is about one third higher than the normal desired height. For example, if you usually mow your grass to three inches in height, you would mow when the height reaches 4 inches.

What is the best height?

Cutting your grass too short is a mistake because the roots will be damaged by sunlight and turn the grass yellow or brown. Three inches is the shortest length for best results. If the grass is a lot higher than normal, don’t cut more than one-third of the grass because it will stress them too much. Start with a higher cut, and decrease the length on subsequent mowing sessions.

Safety

First of all, you should read your lawnmower manual for proper safety practices. Before you start your mower, check it for any rocks or debris that could be jettisoned out and injure someone. Wear shoes and long pants to protect your legs and feet from flying debris. Keep children and pets away when mowing, and don’t let children use a lawn mower until they are old enough to understand the safety procedures. If the mower runs out of fuel, let it rest for 10 minutes to cool down before adding more fuel. Don’t leave the mower when it’s running, and be careful on steep slopes where the mower could flip over unexpectedly.

Clippings

You may not like the grass clippings all over the freshly-mowed lawn, but you should leave some of the clippings there because they provide fertilizer for the soil.

Wet grass

You should avoid mowing wet grass because it causes the cut to be uneven, and wet grass clippings can cause fungus to grow on the lawn.

Sharpen the blades

The blades of the lawnmower need to be sharp or else the grass will not get cut evenly. Ragged cuts due to dull blades can lead to disease and parasite infestations. Have a regular schedule for sharpening the mower blades to avoid these problems.

Most people like to mow their own lawns, especially if the yard is not large enough to warrant hiring professionals. With this brief guide, you will be well-prepared to keep your lawn looking great. Make sure to keep safety and best practices in mind when operating your mowing equipment.