Lawn Mowing Care Tips

Cutting your grass can be much tougher than it looks. You need a definite plan to deal with tricky aspects such as navigating rough terrain and achieving desired blade length. These are general guidelines for cutting your grass that you should be aware of. Of course, every yard is different and each has its own set of rules.
  • Blade Height. Set the blade height on your push or pull lawn mower to the middle setting. Cutting the grass too low results in scorched soil in the sun. Cutting it too long encourages difficult cutting the next time.
  • Cut in Rows. The safest pattern for you to cut your lawn as a rookie is straight lines along one of the sides. This will keep your rows even and ensure that you cut all of the blades without missing spots.
  • Circle the Beds. When you reach a Bed in the middle of your lawn, cut a row or two around the circumference of the bed. This will make sure that you get all of the blades around a difficult section of the grass.
  • Check the Bag Often. One thing that can ruin your lawn is to let the catching bag get too full. Then clumps of grass begin falling into freshly cut rows which can cause the grass that the clumps fall on to die.
  • Cut Often. Cutting your lawn often is the best way to encourage it to grow lush and full. Cutting too often is simply a waste of effort and materials. Once every week or so should be plenty for most climates.
Following these simple cutting guidelines will get you on your way to earning lawn of the month in your neighborhood.

Should you catch it? Or should you mulch it? Catch it? Or mulch it? Catch? Mulch? What is a lawn aficionado supposed to do? If this argument is going on in your mind every time you crank up the lawn mower, then you should sit down and figure out the right plan for your lawn. And that's what it comes down to. Catching or mulching your grass clippings depends entirely on your particular lawn.

  • The Tools. If you are considering mulching your grass clippings, the first thing you will need is a mulching mower. If you don't have one, it looks like your catch or mulch argument will be ending right here.
  • Much Effort. Catching your lawn clippings can be quite a chore. You have to stop, empty the bag, and return it to its slot. With a mulch plan, you simply drive over your lawn once and the grass clippings fall delicately behind.
  • Clumps and Clumps. A word of warning. If you don't cut your lawn regularly, then mulching incredibly high grass will cause large clumps of clippings that can litter your lawn and cause the grass to die.
  • Fertilizer. Of course, the main reason that you mulch your lawn is so that the grass clippings will make an enriching fertilizer for your lawn. But if you are already spreading a brand fertilizer, mulching may reduce its effectiveness.
  • Yard Area. If you have a huge yard, catching your grass clippings might not be practical. In this case, a riding mower with mulching capabilities is the answer you are looking for.
I hope this checklist helps you to determine whether you will catch or mulch your grass clippings on your next lawn mowing.