Faster Lawn Mowing

The green, well-manicured lawn of your dreams is turning into a nightmare! Oh, it's still green and well manicured, but lawn mowing is taking a huge chunk of your time.

Keeping your lawn mowed is important not only for the look of your lawn, but also for the health of your grass. A lawn that is mowed on a regular basis will develop into a dense mat of plants that will keep weeds at bay. Random, infrequent lawn mowing will lead to a sparse, weed choked eyesore.

OK, so you're convinced. But what about the hours and hours of time consuming mowing? What's the solution to faster lawn mowing?

Leave Out A Step
One of the most time consuming aspects of lawn mowing is emptying that bag full of lawn clippings. Turn off the mower. Unhook the bag. Take the bag and dump it in the trashcan.

Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Ironically, it would be better for your lawn if you stopped collecting the clippings and left them in the yard. Getting rid of your bag will reduce your mowing time and help your lawn to flourish.

The Wonder Of Grass Clippings
When you leave grass clippings behind, you create organic mulch in your yard. This mulch helps feed the grass, retards weed growth and helps the soil retain more moisture.

Grass clippings are high in nitrogen, making them a natural fertilizer. Leaving your grass clippings on the yard can reduce your fertilizing needs by 25%.

Grass clippings break down quickly and recent studies have shown that with regular mowing, grass clippings do not increase thatch in lawns.

Do It Right
To properly use grass clippings to mulch your yard, you need to approach lawn mowing in the correct manner.

  • Be consistent. You'll need to mow your lawn with enough frequency to keep the grass height around 3 inches high. Set your blade height per you lawnmower's instructions, and never mow more than 1/3 off the height of your grass. You may mow more frequently, but you'll still be saving time.
  • Use the right tools. A mulching lawn mower chops the grass clipping into smaller pieces than a standard mower. These smaller pieces break down faster, benefiting your yard all the sooner. You can also find mulching replacement blades that will attach to a non-mulching mower.
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