First Spring Lawn Mowing Tips

Lawn Mowing

Spring is here and that means it’s time to get back to making your lawn the best in the neighborhood. But this doesn’t mean you can just dust off the lawn mower and get to work. There are some tips you need to know to insure the first cut of the season sets up your lawn for greatness all season long.

Mower Prep

First things first, you need to take care of your lawn mower. Sharpen your mower blades. Having sharp blades ensure a nice, even cut and prevent snagging the grass blades, which can open grass to disease. It’s always a good idea to have a spare mower blade so you always have a sharp one handy. You can buy these at any local mower repair shop for a pretty good price. Another way to take care of your mower is to replace the sparkplugs every year. This may not be completely necessary, but if you do it every year, you’ll never forget the last time it was done. One last thing before your mower is ready to go, replace the fuel. When gas sits in the mower for too long moisture builds up and can harm the engine, so it’s best to buy new fuel at the beginning of the mowing season.

Time To Mow

Now that your mower is all set it’s time to prep the lawn. Go over the lawn lightly with a rake to pick up sticks, leaves, and other debris. Be sure to do this lightly because you don’t want to disturb the new grass. The prep is an important step because if left for too long, debris will prevent sunlight from getting to the grass beneath and smother the lawn. Try to avoid cutting the grass when it is wet, as this can spread disease and gunk up the mower. Cut only about 1/3 of the grass’s blade at a time. This will promote healthy growth, while keeping your lawn looking clean and orderly. Finally, do not bag the grass clippings. Let the clippings fall on the newly cut grass. This will return key nutrients back to the lawn while saving you a lot of unnecessary hard work.
Spring is the season when everything comes into bloom and shows off their flora and fauna. Use these tips to make sure your lawn lives up to the spring expectations of beauty.
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