Lawn Mowing – 5 Mistakes People Make

Lawn mowing is an all too common and generally frowned upon activity. No one wants to go out in the sweltering heat or in sub zero temperatures to mow the garden, yet many of us do it. There are some very common mistakes that people make when mowing lawns. These mistakes end up negatively impacting their backyard landscape leaving them with no choice but to call in the professionals to do the job.

While using the services of lawn maintenance companies is the best option, homeowners should still know a few basic things about mowing and how it can impact the overall look of your landscape design.

1. Not Mowing Regularly
One of the first and most common mistakes, which is also the easiest to make, is simply neglecting your lawn. Not watering your garden properly or at all will lead to dead or burnt grass patches. Regularly water your plants, flowers and grass to ensure they continue to burst with greenery and beauty. Water your garden well; every inch of the plants should get an inch or two of water. For larger gardens, water sprinklers are an ideal investment. They sprinkle water across the radius equally which means the area it covers gets an equal amount of water. While being careless about mowing is bound to create an ugly landscape with excess grass and weeds. Keeping your lawn mowed and the grass fresh and green is an intricate part of the maintenance process.

2. Removing More Grass than Needed
Lawn mowers these days have manual settings that can be adjusted as per your needs. People often make the mistake of using incorrect or inappropriate settings and as a result end up cutting way too much grass from their garden. This gives it an unattractive look of a barren floor. Grass can collect under the deck upsetting the airflow moving the quality of your cut. An buildup of grass can also make your deck rust faster than a clean deck. Avoid doing this because once the grass is cut, there is no going back! It is going to take some time for it to grow back and you will have to live with your mistake for a quite some time.

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3. Using Incorrect Height for Mowing
There are dozens of types of grass available in the market today and each has its own setting for height adjustments. Grass mowers today come with a height adjustment mechanism that allows people to select the level that works best for the type of grass they are using however, many people simple use incorrect setting or the “one setting fits all” approach, thereby ruining their garden.

This ought to be done after every mow job. We routinely fill 5 gallon buckets full of dried grass from under mower decks. Grass can collect under the deck disturbing the airflow upsetting the quality of your cut. An amassing of grass can also make your deck rust quicker than a clean deck.

Your blades need to be sharpened a least amount of three times a year, occasionally more if you’ve run over sticks or other debris. Dull blades tend to tear your grass rather than cut it. If your lawn mower is leaving white streaks when you mow, your grass is being torn and the mainly the reason is that your blades are very dull. Torn grass not only doesn’t look as good, but it is also more vulnerable to disease. If you use a lawn mower of your own, make sure you maintain it or let us do the cutting for you instead.

4. Mowing a Dirty Garden
One of the most obvious mistakes that can be made when mowing your grass is mowing in the same direction each week. A lawn cut like this can typically be spotted very without difficulty as there will be tracks from the wheels of your mower that can last even through the winter. This is not only the most apparent to spot, it is also the easiest to fix. Simply make sure to switch the mowing direction every time you mow the lawn. In general only two directions (horizontal and parallel to your house) are necessary to avoid the negative effects of this mistake.
Let’s face it. Not many people like mowing gardens and when they do, they usually go for short cuts such as not inspecting the area and removing any foreign objects from it which might get stuck in the mower. Avoiding this has resulted in many mowers malfunctioning or breaking down completely which only adds to people’s frustrations and expenses.

5. Not Letting the Professionals Do It
Sure your next door neighbor’s kid can mow your garden however that does not make spring lawn maintenance cheap or easy in any way. There is a reason lawn maintenance companies exist. By not letting professionals take care of your property and by making rash assumptions people end up costing themselves more than expert lawn mowing services.

As people’s work and daily schedules get more and more hectic, there is less time to devote to other household matters. Lawn mowing services are very cost effective and save time. So try to avoid making these mistakes mentioned above and if you need any help with your landscape, seek professional advice. This will ensure you make the most informed decision about your lawn.
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