Tending a lawn can be a drag. Keeping it looking great year-round takes time and effort. It grows like crazy in the summer, often needing mowing twice a week to keep that well-tended look. In this article, I’ll be offering lawn care and mowing tips and tricks on how to mow a lawn professionally with the normal mowing gear most people have in the garage.
We’ll be discussing edging, the most efficient mowing pattern, trimming around walkways and clearing up after yourself. no need to hire an expensive lawn care professional. Anyone can learn how to properly cut grass. Whether you are a getting started in the country or you live in the suburbs, read on and take a look at the video at the end of this article, and you’ll be mowing like a champ!
Of course, before one even takes the tools out of the garage, ensuring that you have sufficient fuel and that the blades are in tip-top condition will make for a sharp job (excuse the pun). Blunt mower blades that bruise the grass rather than cutting it off cleanly are one of the main reasons people struggle to mow their grass properly.
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How To Mow A Lawn Professionally In 6 Easy Steps
Here are some simple steps that will teach you all you need to know.
Step #1 – Mow Early Before It Gets Hot
Mowing wet grass sucks, but a lot of people do it. The finish is never good. The grass gets flattened, the blades can’t reach it, you end up with a mess. Even in the summer months, morning grass is generally wet because of dew. Mid-morning is often the best time to mow your grass when the dew has dried off, and before the sun is too hot.
Cutting grass is a stress to the grass itself, and cutting it during the hottest part of the day is extra stress it doesn’t need. This may sound fickle, but it’s true. If you can’t cut in the cool period of the morning, it’s often better leaving it till late evening, when the heat is low. Just remember, don’t mow wet OR hot grass.
Step #2 – Wear The Right Safety Gear
This is important but is so often overlooked. We think that because we are in a safe, home environment that accidents never happen. You’d be shocked at how many people are injured each year mowing their lawns. In 2009 in the USA, 20,000 people were killed by a lawnmower, and 300,000 were injured. Shocking isn’t it?
Important safety considerations when mowing your lawn:
- Make sure your mower and edge trimmer have a dead man’s switch. This will ensure the machinery’s power is cut if you fall over, let go of it, become injured or incapacitated in some way. Not an issue if you are using a self propelled reel mower on a small lawn.
- Wear earplugs or ear defenders, and safety glasses. Damage to hearing generally occurs over a long period of time, damage to eyes can occur in a split second. A sharp piece of stick, a chip of stone, a slither of metal from the blade, imagine that embedded in your eye. I once got a tiny shard of hot metal in my eye while grinding (even though I was wearing safety glasses). This was agonizing for days, a necessitated the doctor digging into my eye with a vibrating needle to remove it. so get a pair of wraparound glasses to minimize the risks.
- Walk your lawn area before starting, to check for any debris. It’s surprising how sticks, stones, and other dangers can find their way onto your lawn.
With those safety checks done and equipment donned, you’re ready to start mowing your lawn like a pro.
Step #3 – Professionals Edge The Lawn First
The edges always make or break the look of a well-manicured lawn. Straggly edges spoil everything, regardless of how well you perform the actual mowing. Ensure your edge trimmer has plenty of cutting wire, and carefully edge along paths, up to steps and driveways.
Step #4 – Change Your Mowing Route Every Time You Mow
Lawns that are always mowed in the same direction often develop some pretty unsightly stripes. Those can take a long time to fix. The grass will also stand up straighter if you vary the direction in which it is mowed. Grass that is always cut in the same direction has a tendency to stay slightly bent. Mix things up and you’ll have a professional looking lawn.
Step #5 – Do Your Trimming
Edging is different to trimming. Trimming after mowing allows you to use the mown grass height as a guide to trim to. Have you ever seen those lawns where the main area looks awesome, but the edges look like a threadbare carpet. Usually as a result of the property owner trimming the edges much too short. Sure, it grows back, but if you are trying to learn how to mow your lawn professionally, try it this way, you’ll like it.
Step #6 – Use A Blower To Remove The Loose Grass
One thing that is really important to mention is to avoid using a grass box when you are mowing. A professional lawn care service certainly shouldn’t recommend using one. When using the blower, blow the grass and leaves back onto the lawn and leave them. They act as a great mulch and fertilizer which will improve your lawn. A mulched lawn will retain moisture better, requiring less watering during the dry times. Using a grass and leaf blower makes for a really clean and tidy appearance, which is what we are after.
Remember this rhyme and you won’t go wrong. EDGE > MOW > TRIM > BLOW
As Bill says in his video below, this really is the best way to learn how to mow your lawn professionally. Simple, but rarely acted upon.
Check Out This Short Video From A Top Lawn Care Professional
I hope this article has been helpful. If you have any great tips on how to mow like a pro, leave a comment and we’ll add the best ones to this article. Keep an eye on the site for more gardening tips and tricks to save you time and money.