A fresh cut lawn is a great way to boost your curb appeal. Most homeowners will cut their grass once a week to ensure that it does not look un-kept. It is best to mow your lawn when it is dry because the blades of grass are upright and are less likely to clump. Always make sure that you have a sharp blade on your mower. A dull blade can make rough cuts and increase the likelihood of disease. Also, make sure that you change the pattern of your mowing each time you cut. This will allow your grass to grow more upright and prevent ruts.
Cutting at the Right Height
Cutting your grass to short can have several harmful effects on your lawn including an increased likelihood of disease and allowing too much sunlight to reach weed seedlings allowing them to grow. Make yourself familiar with your type of lawn and the best cutting practices for that species. However, if you are not familiar with your type of grass, you can always use the 1/3 rule which says that you should never cut more than 1/3 of the grass length at any time.
Should you Mulch or Bag
If you are cutting your lawn routinely, it can be a good idea to mulch your clippings. This mulched grass can add much needed nutrients back into the soil. However, if it has been a while since you last mowed, you may want to bag your clippings. Cutting too much grass at once can cause your grass to clump when mulched and these grass clumps will inhibit sunlight from reaching the live grass underneath.