Maintain Sharp Blades
It is important that you maintain sharp blades whether you own a walk-behind lawnmower or a riding lawn tractor. If you have dull mower blades, you are likely to rip the grass and leave jagged ends that easily turn brown. Every spring is the perfect time to sharpen your mower's blades, and they should cut cleanly throughout the summer. You may sharpen your blades more often if you occasionally hit rocks or scalp the ground.
There are some steps to follow when sharpening a mower blade. You can start with a mower that has an empty or nearly empty gas tank. Also, make sure that the gas cap is firmly tightened. Then, do the following:
- Remove the spark plug wire and tip the mower on its side.
- With the use of a wrench, remove the blade.
- Smooth out the damage and sharpen the edge with work gloves and a mill file. Also, maintain the bevel at 40 to 45 degrees.
- To test the blade for balance, place it on a cone-shaped blade balancer or drive a nail into your work bench. Then, hang the blade from the hole in its center. Take note that on the balancer or the nail, the blade should hang evenly. Remove the metal from the opposite side If it tips to one side.
- Try to replace the blade. In order to check for vibration before cutting grass, refuel the mower and test it on a firm level surface first.
Take a Little Off the Top
Try to adjust the height of the mower's deck to the top or second-to-top position. For each time you mow, it is about one-third of the grass leaves that should be removed. During early spring, mow every four or five days while during summer, do it once a week.
If you trim your lawn too short, it will cut off much of the energy-producing top growth that may result in a weak and sickly lawn. With regular mowing based on the correct height, it will produce tiny grass clippings. They can then be left on the lawn that will decompose and return nutrients back to the soil.
Test the Soil and Apply Fertilizer
Conduct a soil test in order to check the acidity or alkalinity of your lawn.
If it is not raining, you need to supply 1 in. of water per week for turf grasses. It’s also recommended to apply it in two watering sessions or else, the water has a tendency to simply run off especially during late summer.
It is also important to remove the leaves during the fall and seed pods, pine cones, twigs and spent flowers all year long. Such debris can block the sunlight. They also dull the blade of a mower.