Every do it yourselfer wants a great looking lawn. You water it, you feed it, you weed it but you don’t mow it correct. Here are some tips for how to mow your lawn that can make your lawn look like it was maintained by a pro.
First, alternate mowing patterns. Even a fairly light 21″ walk behind mower will cause soil compaction if you never alternate mowing patterns. When the soil compacts it restricts root growth and water and nutrient uptake by the grass. This will result in thin yellowish grass in the paths where the wheels contact the ground. I have seen lawns that look great except for the hundreds of train tracks that were cut all across them. At a minimum, alternate every other week. For best results alternate weekly on a four-week rotating pattern.
How to Mow Your Lawn at the Correct Height
Secondly, raise the mower cutting height. It’s not a golf course. It’s your lawn. Do you know how much water and fertilizer it takes to keep a golf course green? The primary reason is that the grass has to be cut extremely low which drives the water and nutrient requirements through the roof. Home lawns should be cut at least 3.5 inches high. Preferably 4 inches. If you have to cut your grass down to 2 inches to make it look good you have other problems. Call a professional.
Lastly, don’t scalp 12″ around everything on the property with your string trimmer. Trim the exact same height that the mower mows. For grass that hangs over a driveway or flower bed edge, turn the trimmer on its side and trim vertically.