Lawn cutting is a necessary evil. For some its a weekend drudgery, for others its a time to don the headphones and escape from the world for an hour. Whether for pleasure or business, the grass has to be mowed. At the very least to keep angry neighbors and Johny Law at bay. Lawn cutting opens leaf tissue and exposes it to pests such as molds and fungus. The great thing about grass, and why it makes such a great plant for lawns, is that it has a very high tolerance to being cut on a regular basis. Unnecessary cutting however can be damaging.
The objective when cutting grass is to cut as little leaf tissue as possible. Kind of like surgery, precision cutting is the key. A sharp blade will make clean, straight cuts, minimizing grass tissue damage. On the other hand, a dull blade will hack at the blades, tearing and shredding the ends. This opens the lawn up to diseases and weakens the overall health of the plant.
How often should you sharpen the mower blades? A good rule of thumb is every 25 hours of cutting, you should have the blades sharpened. Obviously if your using the mower to mulch up leaves and sticks, that time will be shorter. Take notice of the grass blade ends after a cutting. If you notice the ends are jagged and look like they were hacked with a machete, its time to get them sharped.
Where is a good place to take the blades for sharpening? We recommend Suburban Lawn & Equipment. They take care of the local grass cutting pros and know what they’re doing.
Remember to keep your mower blades sharp and you lawn will thank you for it.
If you’re not the do-it-yourself type, give us a call and we’d be happy to help with your lawn mowing service needs.
Stewart Bros. Turf, LLC
Servicing Wimington, Brandywine, Pike Creek, Newark, Hockessin, Delaware