How to: Mow like a pro

Regardless of whether you view mowing the lawn as a chore or a relaxing way to kickstart a Sunday, you’ll want to get the most out of your time spent working that patch of green. Gardening experts recommend you start mowing mid to late morning, when any dew has dried off. Alternating your mowing route is also important, as lawns mowed in the same direction every time may develop weird stripes and irregular growth.

Experts also recommend not removing more than one-third of the grass blade at a time, with grass around 2.5-3 inches tall being said to encourage a deeper root system. You can recycle grass cuttings too, using them to make your own compost that keeps your soil rich in nutrients and your garden plants nourished.

As for your mower, keep an eye on its blades, as dull blades will tear grass rather than slicing it cleanly. If your mower is app connected, check there for maintenance tips or read the owner’s manual. Boring, sure, but it’ll help your mower work harder for longer.

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