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Mowing your lawn may seem like a simple task - start the mower and cut the grass. But there is a correct way to mow - and mowing the right way will help your lawn grow thick and stay healthy.

Here are the three top tips for mowing:

  • Never cut more than 1/3 the grass height when you mow. In this way, you leave enough of the grass blade intact so it can capture sunlight and build strong roots. This helps your lawn squeeze out weeds and defend itself against disease and pests.

  • Never scalp your lawn. You may think you will have to mow less often if you cut your lawn very short. This is the worst thing you could do for your lawn. The grass is damaged when you cut it too short, allowing lots of nasty things to happen - it's an open invitation to weeds and pests.

  • Mow with a sharp mower blade. Every year, have your mower blade sharpened. This produces a clean cut, allowing the grass to essentially "heal" quickly between mowings.
Article courtesy of  Briggs & Stratton