Lawn Mowing Mistakes
(And How To Fix Them)
2. Running the mower at half speed
Every tractor has an optimal blade speed, and hitting a higher RPM means you’ll get an even better cut.
3. Mowing too quickly
Take your time to ensure you get a clean, even cut.
4. Using dull blades
5. Cutting the grass while it’s wet
Not only is it unsafe to operate heavy machinery on a slick surface, but damp clippings are also likely to stick to, and clog, your mower.
6. Not mowing often enough
For the strongest, healthiest grass, you’ll want to cut no more than 1/3 off the top each time you mow.
7. Cutting grass too short
Known as “scalping the lawn,” a super short cut makes the yard more prone to weeds, and forces the grass to focus on regrowing its blades rather than deepening its roots.
8. Sticking to a rigid schedule
9. Mowing in the same pattern every time
When you follow the same path every time you mow the lawn, the grass begins to grow in the direction it’s being cut.
10. Cleaning up the clippings
11. Not cleaning the mower
Not only do clippings block proper airflow necessary for mulching or bagging clippings, but moisture and fertilizer traces can corrode the deck of the mower, causing premature rust and wear.
12. Ignoring the maintenance manual
Consult the product manual to determine how often you need to change the oil and filters.
13. Improper mower storage during the off season
14. Ignoring safety protocol
Be sure the discharge chute is properly attached to the mower, too, so debris doesn’t fly up and hit you.