9 mowing tips for a great looking lawn | Living the Country Life

9 mowing tips for a great looking lawn

How to select the right mower, how to choose the correct cutting height, and much more.
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1. Select the Right Mower

Choosing the right mower starts with surveying your property. Ask yourself what the size is of the area you want to mow. Are there hills or is it mostly flat? Do you need your mower to help you with other chores (i.e. pulling a cart for yard work)? The answers to these questions will help you decide between a walk-behind mower or a rider. In addition, if you need or want a rider, the answers will help determine whether a tractor or zero-turn mower is more appropriate.

2. Choose the Correct Cutting Height

The proper cutting height range for a specific lawn will depend upon several factors including the type of grass, amount of rainfall, prevailing temperature and lawn’s overall condition.

3. Don’t Cut Your Grass Too Short

Depending on the type of grass you have, mowing too short can hurt your lawn. It results in weak, thin grass that can be easily damaged by dry periods and pests. Leaving your grass a bit longer reduces heat build up and preserves needed moisture.

4. Cut Using the One-Third Rule

Cutting off too much grass at one time shocks the plant’s growth system and weakens the grass plants. A good rule of thumb is the one-third rule—to cut no more than one third of the grass height and never more than one inch at a time.

5. Mow With Sharp Blades

Sharp mower blades cut your grass cleanly and efficiently while dull blades tear at the grass, harming it.

6. Mow When the Grass is Cool and Dry

Late afternoon or early evening often provides ideal mowing conditions. Note that it is important to avoid mowing after rain or even heavy dew and never mulch when the grass is wet, as moist grass does not mulch well and clumps beneath the mower deck.

7. Water Your Lawn Regularly

Try to imitate a slow, soaking rain by applying about one inch of water per week. Consider placing tin cans around your lawn so you can check to be sure you’re giving it the proper amount of water.

8. Use the Right Amount of Fertilizer

A slow-release fertilizer provides missing nutrients that help to create slow, even growth. When to fertilize and how much to use depends on the condition of your lawn and soil. Too much can be harmful to your lawn so it is important to check with your local lawn and garden expert.

9. Aerate Your Lawn in the Spring

Using an aerator to remove cores of soil from the lawn increases the speed of clipping decomposition and encourages deeper root growth by opening up the soil and permitting greater movement of water, fertilizer and air.


Briggs & Stratton Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Its wholly owned subsidiaries include North America’s number one manufacturer of portable generators and pressure washers, and it is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of lawn and garden and turf care through its Simplicity®, Snapper®, Ferris®, Murray®, Branco® and Victa® brands.


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