Although mowing your yard may seem like a straightforward task, improper mowing techniques can lead to a host of problems, from an untidy looking lawn to damaged grass. In this article, we will explore the top mowing mistakes to avoid and provide helpful mowing tips so you can maintain a healthy, vibrant lawn.

  1. Cutting grass too short.

One of the most common mistakes people make when mowing their lawn is cutting the grass too short. While it may seem like a time-saving strategy so you don’t have to mow again for a couple weeks, cutting the grass too low can make your lawn more susceptible to weeds, pests, and diseases. Aim to mow no more than one-third of the grass blade’s height in a single mowing to maintain a healthy lawn.

  1. Mowing when the grass is wet.

This can be a tricky one, especially in June when rain showers pop up frequently in the Black Hills. However, mowing wet grass can lead to clumping and uneven cutting, as well as compacting the soil beneath the mower. Wait until the grass is completely dry before mowing to achieve a more even cut and avoid damaging the grass.

  1. Always mowing in the same direction.

Mowing in the same direction every time can also lead to soil compaction and uneven grass growth. Keep that from happening by alternating your mowing direction each time you mow to promote upright grass growth and prevent compaction.

  1. Mowing with dull blades.

Using dull mower blades can tear the grass rather than cleanly cutting it, resulting in a ragged appearance and leaving your lawn vulnerable to disease. Sharpen your mower blades regularly to ensure a clean cut each and every time.

5. Ignoring mower maintenance.

Sharpening your mower blades isn’t the only way to keep your mower in tip top shape throughout the mowing season. Making sure the oil is regularly changed and spark plugs are replaced when needed to ensure your mower runs efficiently and produces great results. Follow your mower’s manufacturer recommendations for maintenance instructions to keep your mower in top condition.

  1. Cutting grass too infrequently.

We get it – life gets busy and your good intentions of mowing weekly get disrupted by an illness, an event that pops up, or a multitude of other things that can throw a wrench in your spokes. However, allowing grass to grow too long between mowing sessions not only makes your yard appear messy, but can also put stress on your lawn. Aim to mow weekly, especially during the peak growing season, to keep your lawn neat and healthy.

  1. Not adjusting mower height

Adjusting the mower height according to the season and grass growth is essential for a healthy lawn. Raise the mower deck during hot weather to allow the grass to grow longer and develop deeper roots and lower it in the cooler months. Remember, you only want to cut about one-third of the grass’s blade height, so make sure to set your mower accordingly.

  1. Failing to edge the lawn.

If you really want your yard to have that polished, manicured look, edging along the sidewalks, driveway, flower beds, and trees is a must. Invest in a quality edger or use a string trimmer regularly to keep your lawn looking its best.




  1. Always bagging your clippings.

While bagging clippings may seem like a tidy way to end your mowing routine, leaving grass clippings on your lawn can actually benefit it by returning nutrients into the soil. Consider mulching your grass clippings instead of bagging them to promote a healthier lawn.

Your best bet for avoiding mowing mistakes? Hire Best Bet Lawn Care for your lawn mowing needs! Our experienced professionals follow all the proper mowing techniques so you can enjoy a lush, beautiful lawn that enhances your home’s curb appeal.

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