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Mow Correctly

By: City of Toronto

Posted on: July 14, 05

Everyone mow their lawn, but did you know that proper mowing would help your lawn as well. Here are some tips so you are better informed about the how to mow so that you actually help your lawn.


  • Mow High. Raise your lawn mower blades to a height of 7.5 cm (3 inches). Longer grass has deeper roots, can crowd out weeds and above all, retains the lawn soil’s moisture.


  • Cut correctly. Mowing your lawn every week is a ritual ... not a mandatory requirement. Mow your lawn only when needed during the Summer. Never remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade. Short blades of grass are stressful for your lawn and make it difficult for its soil to retain moisture.


  • Leave the grass clippings. Stop bagging or racking up your lawn clippings. Clippings provide valuable nutrients (nitrogen), help retain moisture and make it difficult for weeds to grow. Clippings break down quickly and disappear within a day or two.


  • Mow when grass is dry. For an even 3â€? inch lawn, cut your grass when it’s dry. This also helps prevent clippings from clogging your mower. Mow late in the day to avoid morning dew.


  • Choose the right mower. A mulching mower is ideal for large lawns because the grass clippings are finely chopped and returned to the soil, while helps retain moisture. For smaller lawns, think of using a reel (or push) mower ... it gives a good cut which keeps the soil moist and doesn’t contribute to noise and air pollution ...


  • Keep your blades sharp. Dull mower blades tear the grass, and this can lead to disease and heat stress, not to mention burned grass. Sharpen your blades twice a season.

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