Mowing the grass not only makes it look neat and tidy but contributes to the health of your lawn. Here are a few suggestions for proper lawn upkeep:
- Consider mulching.When you cut your lawn and leave the clippings on top, it can be quite unsightly. Many people opt for bagging the grass clippings and then dumping them into a compost or some other depository. However, in this case you’re actually removing nutrients from the soil. We recommend mulching because with this technique the lawn mower grinds grass clippings so fine that they fall back into the soil where they quickly decompose.
- Your blades are critical to the process.It’s one thing to keep your blades sharp, which means the grass is cut cleanly rather than being torn. This makes the lawn look better as well as facilitate its growth. Balancing your blades makes the lawnmower smoother and minimizes vibrations that you feel through the handle. It also helps maximize the life of the engine.
- Watch out for corrosion.
Grass clippings themselves can have corrosive properties to metals on your lawnmower. It’s a good idea to use a garden hose to spray off the underside of the lawnmower deck after use. This also prevents build up which keeps the mower functioning well. Adding fertilizers to your lawn can also have corrosive properties so this is an extra important time to wash your mower.