Last Updated on February 3, 2022 by Mark Brian
When you mow the lawn, keep in mind that you’re trimming. The right use of your lawn mower enhances the density of the lawn, which reduces weeds. There is a suggested mowing height for each variety of grass. Learn how to identify the grass species in your lawn (there may be several) and how to mow a lawn to the right height.
For most lawn mowers, mowing the grass is a weekly task. Mowing the lawn properly enhances its density, which reduces the number of weeds. Mowing is beneficial to the grass and is healthy. Because grass grows from the bottom up, you are pruning the oldest portion of grass.
Cutting from the top shadows the roots and encourages a deeper root system. Deep roots penetrate deeper into the earth for water, providing reserve power to the grass and allowing it to endure dry seasons. The beauty and health of your lawn are affected by how and when you mow it. Here’s how to use a riding mower to mow a lawn.
Select the Appropriate Timing, Setting, and Pattern
Use a higher setting on the mower to mow the grass. Weeds are minimized as a result of the greater growth of grass. Concentrate on mowing grass to one-third of its original length, allowing clippings to decay and replenish soil nutrients.
Cut at the next level for one or two days for out-of-control lawns, then lower the blade and cut again. Cutting at a higher level promotes a deeper root structure, a more desirable grass, and fewer weed attacks.
To avoid injuring the grass, cut throughout the day, and avoid cutting while the grass is damp to avoid harming the cutter and forming disgusting clumps. Cut in a variety of patterns to reduce soil compaction and keep the grass strong. To create a bare gold course, simply use a roller on the mower.
Types of Riding Lawn Mower
The best two types of riding lawn mowers available in the market and according to the amazon survey are the most loved riding lawn mowers.
1. Zero turn Riding Lawn Mower
Cutting your grass with a zero turn riding lawn mower is quick and enjoyable, but if you’re new to ZTRs, there’s a learning curve. It will be surprisingly easy to go around trees, plants, and other obstacles in your yard. It may seem difficult at first to control your contemporary zero turn lawn mower, but with a little practice, you’ll be cruising about your yard like a pro in no time.
The most difficult aspect of utilizing a zero turn mower is making tight turns without ripping up your grass. By following the necessary methods, you will quickly learn how to cut the grass quickly without gouging or ripping your turf.
2. Lawn Tractors
These gas-powered lawn mowers can cut two to three times faster than standard push mowers, which makes them ideal for larger lawns. Models with hydrostatic transmissions are simple to use and provide a pleasant ride.
Only Mow 1/3 of the Grass Blade
Follow the 1/3 rule when mowing: never cut more than 1/3 of the grass blade length. A healthy lawn can take a close cut now and again. Close mowing, on the other hand, produces brown grass and has a variety of drawbacks, including:
- The crown, which creates new growth and stores nutrients, is injured.
- The surface area of the blade is decreased, making it insufficient for photosynthesis to produce food.
- Susceptibility to pests and diseases has risen.
- The amount of sunshine that reaches weed seeds increases, allowing them to germinate.
- It is possible to compact the dirt.
Keep Blades Sharp and Prevent Scalping
Sharp turns should be kept at a safe distance by turning on the driveaway rather than among the grass, since this may cause damage to the plant crowns. Wait 24 hours after applying fertilizer or any grass treatment before trimming. Cleaner cuts will come from more sharpened blades.
At the absolute least, sharpen the cutting blades every four to six weeks. Keep a spare set on hand at all times. To cut over an incline, use a walk-behind mower, and to cut up and down, use a riding mower.
When the grass enters the dormant season, do the final cut. For instance, before the cold season. Each grass kind may have a recommended cutting height. So, figure out what kind of grass you have in your garden and trim it at the appropriate height.
When using a riding mower, read the operator’s instructions thoroughly. Make a mental note of all the warning labels and safety for the kids. When cutting the grass, put on the appropriate safety clothing, such as long pants, a tucked-in shirt, closed-toed shoes with adequate grip, and so on. To avoid being caught on the moving mower, secure any loose clothing or jewelry before you start mowing.
Other Mowing Tips
- When the grass is dry, mow it. The blades will be more erect and less likely to bunch.
- To avoid heat stress on your lawn and yourself, avoid mowing during the hottest part of the day. See Basic Lawn Care and Maintenance Tips for further information on when to mow.
- Maintain the balance and sharpness of your mower blades. Disease and pests are more likely to spread through ragged incisions created by dull blades. Check out our Grass Grub Control post if you suspect you have a lawn pest problem.
- Every time you mow, switch up the mowing pattern. Grass develops a grain in response to your mowing direction, tending to lean in that way. Mowing in a different pattern encourages upright growth and prevents ruts in the grass.
- Whether you’re pulling a push lawn mower or sitting behind the wheel of a riding lawn mower, keep going ahead.
- Unless you’ve bagged the clippings, direct them toward the area you’ve already trimmed.
- When mowing the lawn, leave lawn clippings on the grass until they form clusters or rows. The grass cycle replenishes the grass with nutrients and nitrogen.
- Use a mulching lawn mower or a mulching kit with your existing mower.
- Consider composting your clippings with a composter if you bag them.
- In shady locations under trees, mow your grass taller. Grass competes with tree roots for water and nutrients in these places.
- When hot, dry weather lowers the growth rate of cool-season grasses, reduces the frequency of mowing, and increases the mowing height.
- Use the appropriate lawn fertilizer and fertilization plan for your grass type.
- Try mowing in a circular and Straight row pattern to enhance the beauty of your lawn.
Happy mowing to you!