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3 steps to cutting grass that ensure a beautiful lawn

Updated on January 26, 2016

Cutting the grass properly makes the difference

Many homeowners just like you and me are concerned with curb appeal. After all everyone knows, a beautifully landscaped lawn adorned with lush green grass increases our properties value.

This has us all asking ourselves, which is best. Mowing the yard ourselves, or hire a professional lawn care company?

For most homeowners, and renters alike, controlling our lawn care costs these days, means getting the biggest bang for our lawn & garden buck.

Even if that means rolling up our sleeves, take care of our own lawn.

As you continue reading this article, you will discover it really is easy to cut your grass properly, ensure a beautiful healthy lawn, and save money. Best of all, still have time for the ballgame, a round, or two of golf all the while feeling good about your homes curb appeal the envy of the neighborhood.

Mulch or bag grass clippings
Mulch or bag grass clippings

1, How to mow properly

There really is a right and wrong way to mow your lawn. First things first, absolutely do not cut your grass too short. The long accepted rule of thumb on how tall our grass should be after mowing is around two and one half inches for cool-season grasses.

Making sure, we only remove the top third of the grass blade when we cut it. Which is to say, the best time to cut our grass, is when it is a bit over three and one half inches, but not quite 4 inches tall.

Ok some of us are wondering why we need to cut our grass at two and one half inches tall. Think about it this way, we want a good balance. Mowing our grass is like pruning shrubs, bushes and garden plants to stimulate new plant growth.

Letting our grass grow too tall, not mowing often enough, consequently we are passing up on the opportunity to make our grass healthier.

On the other hand, cutting our lawn grass too short, stresses the grass, and that is never a good thing to do.

2. Cut grass to avoid stress

To help us avoid stressing our grass, we will definitely need our lawn mower to have a good sharp blade on it at all times. A sharp lawn mower blade cuts through the grass cleanly, where a dull blade actually tears and bruises our grass rather than cutting it. Using a lawn mower with a dull blade and tearing the grass rather than cutting it, will cause the ends of the grass to turn brown and look bad.

In the spring of the year, when we get a lot of rain it is easy to let the grass be overgrown. I do not know about you, but my lawn mower does not work well when I try to cut the grass when it is too wet. Making matters worse, the grass grows like crazy, maybe that is why they call it the growing season.

Cutting the grass properly

  • In any case, we still need to cut the grass more often.
  • When the grass gets a bit out of hand, adjust the height setting on your lawn mower to the highest setting and cut the grass.
  • Wait a day or maybe two, readjust your lawn mower an inch lower than the previous setting and cut the grass in a different direction, say at ninety degrees of the last time you cut it.
  • Repeat this process, as many times as necessary to get the grass under control, it will be worth all the work when the lawn finally dries out.
  • The important thing to remember here, do not leave piles of wet grass on your lawn.

3. Mulch or bag

  • Leaving piles of cut grass on the lawn will not only create dead spots in the grass. The piles of grass will not readily decompose and cause mold and mildew in shady areas of your lawn.
  • To help eliminate this problem, we should either use a mulching lawn mower similar to the Toro Recycler, or use a mower with bagger and collect the overgrown grass clippings.
  • Let us not forget, the goal here, is to end up with a beautiful lawn, save money, and most importantly be able to brag about doing it all by ourselves.

Enjoy growing grass, and a beautiful landscape. Mike

The author of this publication, Mike Teddleton owns the copyright toGrowing grass made easy. The rights to publish this article in print or online can only be granted by contacting me the author in writing. You may use the intro and link back to the article directing the reader back to my post here at HubPages where they may find the story in its entirety


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      Mike Teddleton 7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Pamela99 thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I put this hub together after talking with a neighbor about their lawn care needs. He pays one of those national lawn care companies $49 a month to fertilize and control the weeds each month. Which makes his grass grow like crazy in the spring, but in mid summer his grass turns brown.

      my neighbor was cutting his grass way to short because he could only cut it once a week, he worked out of town and his wife didn't like to use the mower, something about she couldn't start the mower.

      So when he did cut the lawn he cut it way to close and would leave piles of grass all over the lawn. Which worked ok in the spring when we got a lot of rain that kept the grass growing, but when the rain slacked off in summer his lawn grass suffered and turned brown unless he watered it all the time.

      My son and I take care of all the lawn care needs at our house, where we do not have the problems the neighbor has, who just happens to be a first time homeowner, that has a lot to learn about lawn care.

      In all fairness, the guy is a computer systems specialist that just wants to come home to the wife and baby girl. Not an ugly yard.

      I hope this article helps folks make their lawn grass beautiful, while helping them find the time they need to enjoy the family...

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Thanks for some great suggestions.