CHOOSE A QUALITY LAWN MOWER
If you do your own landscaping and lawn care but want your yard to look like a pro cut the grass follow a few simple tips. First of all, buy a good lawn mower that allows you to change the height of the cut. I would choose one that has a max height of at least 4" In addition buy one that is easy to adjust so that you do not have to remove all the wheels to adjust the height. I have one that adjusts all the wheels with one lever. You can choose self propelled or battery start. Push or self propelled. Those are all personal preference. There are even reel mowers that are great for small yards and require no gas. One important thing is to make sure you buy a mulching mower. Here is my review of my lawn mower www.bubblews.com/news/380266-john-deere-walk-behind-mower-review
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How to Mow your own Grass like a Professional Lawn Service
CHOOSE A QUALITY LAWN MOWER
CHANGE THE HEIGHT WITH THE SEASONS
In the spring and fall when temperatures are cooler mow a little lower. When I start mowing the spring I set my mower lower to allow the grass to dry during the day. This prevents fungal disease and gives your lawn a nice start to the season. As the weather warms up I raise the blade one notch at a time each time I mow. During the hot summer mow at the absolute highest level you can. If you leave your grass to grow a little longer, it will develop deeper roots and be more drought resistant. This not only looks better but will save you money on watering.
Don't wait until your lawn is overgrown before you mow. If you cut a lot off at one time you will not only stress your grass out but you will also stress out your lawn mower and the excess grass clippings will leave unattractive lines that can cause damage to your lawn. I think mowing twice a week is a good schedule. I try to not have to mow on weekends to Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday works well for me. If you only mow once a week and you get caught with a rainy day on your regular mow day you will end up with a lawn that is way to long to mow effectively.
DON'T BAG IT - MULCH IT
Make sure to get a good mulching mower. A mulching mower will not only cut your grass but it will then cut the clippings into smaller pieces before they fall back on to your lawn. If you mow often these small clippings can then become lawn food to feed your grass. Bagging grass is bad for you, bad for your lawn and bad for the environment. So just don't do it!
OVERLAP YOUR ROWS
When mowing you have to go over your rows a little bit so that you do not end up with longer pieces of grass between your rows. If you choose a mower with a wider cutting path this will help you to not have to make so many passes with your mower. Also mowing more frequently will allow you to get a little closer in your rows and still get a clean cut.
START WITH A GOOD EDGE
Invest in a good string trimmer. I have a black and decker rechargeable one that has an automatic feed. I love that it does not need gas or a cord. You might have to have an extra battery if you have a larger lawn but generally I can do mine in one charge. You do not need to edge every time you mow. I usually edge along my curbs only once in awhile but will use the trimmer for going around the fire hydrant, and along some stone edging about once a week. Always do your edging first because the lawn mower will then clean up the clippings that it leaves behind.
One trick that I learned was to set my mower height down a notch and mow along all my sidewalk, driveway, and street edges. I put the mower half on the sidewalk/street and half on the grass. After I finish that I raise the mower to the height I will mow at. This gives me a nice clean edge every time and I only have to clean up my curbs and sidewalk edges a few times a year.
ALTERNATE YOUR CUTTING PATTERN
I think that the most important key to getting a professional looking cut is to alternate your cut pattern each time you mow. Start with a diagonal cut, and then the next time go with the diagonal but in the opposite direction. Cut your diagonal at a 90 degree angle from the street. Next time cut side to side and then front to back. Then go back to your diagonal cut. This not only looks great but will cut any stray grass blades that you may have missed when you cut in the other direction.
DON'T LET CLIPPINGS SIT ALONG THE EDGE
When you are done mowing I know you are tired but you are not done until you blow or sweep your grass clippings off the pavement. Be very careful not to just blow grass clippings to the edge between pavement and grass. It may look ok at the time but if grass clippings collect on the edge they will eventually kill the grass along that edge. Blow or sweep the grass up over the edge on well on to the lawn. If need be use your blower or broom to disperse it evenly on the lawn.
WATER ONCE A WEEK DEEPLY
If you want to keep a nice green lawn, growing your grass longer in the summer and mowing often will help. If there is no rain, water your grass once a week and water deeply. Some sprinkler system companies will try to talk you into setting your sprinklers to come on every other day for a short period of time. This encourages your grass to grow shallow roots and opens it up too all kinds of disease. You will use less water over all if you water only once a week and make sure each area of your yard gets at least one inch total.
Make sure that you are not losing your sprinkler water to run off. A good way technique is to water with a mist rather than a sprinkler that shoots out huge amounts of water at once. Also if mist a section of your lawn for about 15 minutes and then wait for awhile that water will soak in and when you turn on the sprinkler again the water will soak in rather than run off. If your ground is very dry this is the best approach. If you have been watering your lawn every other day you may need to gradually switch to the weekly schedule as to not shock your lawn. Here is more info on watering your lawn. www.bubblews.com/news/266620-watering-your-lawn-tips-to-save-money-and-have-a-great-lawn
RELAX AND ENJOY
Now that you are done mowing, admire your work and enjoy a nice cool drink.