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How to Mow Like a Pro - 6 Lawn Mowing Tips.

You want your lawn to look good, but you don’t want to spend a lot of time mowing. When it comes to lawn care, there is a right and wrong way to mow the grass. From the experts at Scotts, here's how to properly mow your lawn for best results.

Set your mower high: 

Only cut the top ⅓ of the blades. Longer grass can grow and support more roots, and develop a deeper root system. It’s also softer to walk on.

Mow a dry lawn: 

Wet grass can clog your mower and result in an uneven trim. The best time to mow is early evening, if it hasn’t rained. Then, it’s not so hot that it stresses the lawn, and it will have time to recover before the next day’s heat.

Vary your mowing pattern: 

Go in a different direction each time. This helps avoid making ruts in the lawn, and grass will stand up nice and tall since it will be mowed from all different directions.

Don’t mow on a schedule: 

Mow as often as needed, but sticking to a schedule (like every Sat. morning) doesn’t take into account that grass grows rapidly in spring, and very slowly in the heat of summer.

Leave clippings on the lawn: 

They break down quickly and return beneficial nutrients to the soil. Mow often enough that clippings are small. 

Keep your mower blade sharp: 

Dull blades tear up grass, causing ragged, brown edges. Over time, it can cause your grass to weaken, making it more susceptible to disease, insect damage, and other stresses like heat and drought. An annual mower tune-up and sharpening should do it.