You will be spending a lot of time mowing your lawn this summer season, and the way you mow will have a huge impact on the health of your lawn and how well your newly planted grass seed takes root. Maintaining your lawn mower properly and using the right mowing techniques can make a world of difference, so take the time to prepare for the season to come.
Make sure your mower blades are newly sharpened before you mow the lawn for the first time. Dull blades are hard on the grass, and not sharpening your blades will shorten their useful life and cost you more money in the long run.
You should also move the mowing height to the highest setting if you want to maintain a lush green lawn. Mowing the grass too short can harm the blades and reduce the amount of moisture and nutrients that reach the roots.
When you do mow the lawn, leave the clippings where they are. You might be tempted to bag them up, but those lawn clippings provide a natural mulch and help your lawn maintain its good health. Leaving the lawn clippings in place will also help the grass retain moisture, so the lawn will require less watering.