Did you know that you could be mowing your lawn WRONG?! What the? Seems completely nuts that of all the things that could be going wrong with your grass, it could be they way you mow it. There’s good news though...once you know these helpful tips, you will NEVER get it wrong again!
GET YOUR LENGTH RIGHT
AVOID MOWING A WET OR DAMP LAWN
Yep, you’ve heard it a million times but no one really knows why. Well here’s why. Mowing a wet or damp lawn has a few downsides.
- The cut of the blades won’t be as good - because the grass sticks together you will find that the grass when dry looks uneven.
- Wet grass clippings are a breeding grown for harmful bacteria and disease and can be an easy way for it to spread throughout your lawn.
- You will end of with clumps of grass getting caught in the underside of your mower and clogging up your blades - which more than anything else is just annoying.
TO CATCH OR MULCH
Ahhh, the dreaded “catch” or “mulch” setting on my mower was something that confused me for a lot longer than I would like to admit. Here’s the deal. If you’re following the rules of mowing no more than 1/3 of the grass length, and mowing to your ideal lawn length - it’s fine to let those grass clippings mellow (aka use that mulch setting, there’s no need to use a catcher). If, however, you might not be all over it and you’re grass is a little too long - unfortunately you’re going to have to catch it. Leaving a trail of clippings behind is just going to kill the grass buried underneath and cause your lawn to get a huge “thatch” layer, which is a whole other topic in itself, but let’s just say it is less than ideal.