6 Steps to Mowing Your Lawn Like a Pro

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While mowing seems like an easy enough task, there is a proper way to do it. Once you learn how to cut your grass correctly, you will see a huge difference in the way your lawn looks. Check out our five tips below to find out exactly how to use your lawnmower to achieve the best results.

1. Start out by preparing your tools and yard.  Place gas and oil in the lawnmower’s appropriate receptacles and check the air filter for any debris. Replace parts if necessary. Then, remove sticks, branches and other wreckage found scattered around the grass. This will help keep mower blades in top shape.

2. Use machinery like the Whipper Snipper to ensure that edges are trimmed. This helps you establish a perimeter of the yard, so that when you begin mowing, you’ll have a clear path of where you need to go next. The mower will also pick up the mess the snipper made, leaving you with a more professional look.

3. Mow in rows or columns, from one side to the other. In order to keep your rows and columns straight and even, choose a wheel on the other end and guide your mower over the line you already made. When you get to the end of that row, turn around and select another line on the other end to aim for when mowing.

4. Alternate which direction you mow. This will train grass blades to lay in one direction rather than stand straight up. To achieve this, mow in rows one week and then mow in columns the next. Also, switch up between mowing diagonally and mowing in the perimeter you are working on.

5. Do not miss any grass. Check for missed spots and go back over them. This is essential because if you have patches of grass growing on their own, your lawn will look unprofessional. Remember, if you put your wheel on top of the line you already made, you will barely skip any grass.

6. Repeat as necessary to uphold a uniform appearance throughout the lawn. If you see any blades of grass growing faster than the rest, cut it so that the whole yard returns to an even height.

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