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Realtors, do you have properties that need maintained?  Free estimates on making the property more appealing to the eye.  Call us!

I have provided services for two property preservation companies and one property management company.

Homeowners,  are you going on vacation and need the lawn cared for? Give me a call!

I do storm clean-ups, so if you have downed limbs and debris needing removed, give me a call.

Lawn Cutting Tips

Knowing how to cut your lawn is just one of those little things that we take for granted. But if you are a first time homeowner and have never had a lawn to cut, then you need to know these lawn cutting basics. Follow this plan and you'll get good results.

Cutting your grass can be much tougher than it looks. You need a definite plan to deal with tricky aspects such as navigating rough terrain and achieving desired blade length. These are general guidelines for cutting your grass that you should be aware of. Of course, every yard is different and each has its own set of rules.

§  Blade Height. Set the blade height on your push or pull lawn mower to the middle setting. Cutting the grass too low results in scorched soil in the sun. Cutting it too long encourages difficult cutting the next time.

§  Cut in Rows. The safest pattern for you to cut your lawn as a rookie is straight lines along one of the sides. This will keep your rows even and ensure that you cut all of the blades without missing spots.

§  Circle the Beds. When you reach a bed in the middle of your lawn, cut a row or two around the circumference of the bed. This will make sure that you get all of the blades around a difficult section of the grass.

§  Check the Bag Often. One thing that can ruin your lawn is to let the catching bag get too full. Then clumps of grass begin falling into freshly cut rows which can cause the grass that the clumps fall on to die.

§  Cut Often. Cutting your lawn often is the best way to encourage it to grow lush and full. Cutting too often is simply a waste of effort and materials. Once every week or so should be plenty for most climates.

§  August 22, 2006  Article Courtesy of


For many years, mulching (Figure 1) has received the best "press." Mulching involves holding the clippings under the deck longer so they can be cut multiple times into small pieces and then discharging them directly down. The two primary advantages of mulching (compared with bagging) are the elimination of bags of clippings to be disposed of and recycling of nutrients, primarily nitrogen.
The main advantage of mulching compared with side discharge is that mulching chops the clippings and blows them down into the grass instead of leaving them on the surface. Mulching generally requires more horsepower than the other modes since the clippings must be cut multiple times. Mulching works best with dry grass that is not too tall; tall, wet grass will readily plug the mower.
Some mulching mowers use a special blade that holds the clippings in suspension longer and recuts them more effectively.

Bagging of clippings has been popular for many years (Figure 2). Depending on the model, the collection bag can be mounted on the rear or the side of the mower. The advantages of bagging are mainly visual: The clippings are removed and out of sight. The disadvantages of bagging are the extra work required to empty the bag and dispose of the clippings and the problem of clippings in landfills (if you don’t compost them).
Bagging is probably not a good routine practice, but it might be useful if the turf gets ahead of you and is too tall or if you need to cut the turf shorter than usual (before dethatching, for instance). Bagging does put extra stress on the mower because of the weight of the clippings. With some self-propelled mowers, the propulsion system is not adequate to handle the extra weight, and you must help push the mower by hand when bagging. Probably the best use of bagging is shredding and collecting leaves in the fall.

Side Discharge
The oldest way of handling rotary mower clippings is to discharge them out to the side (Figure 3). This system is simple, cheap, requires the least power and puts the least load on the mower. A properly designed side discharge deck will throw dry clippings from a normal cut out to the side and distribute them so that they are barely noticeable. If the grass is wet or very tall, the discharge may partially plug and spurt out unattractive clumps of clippings. Also, not all discharge decks are properly designed; some will not distribute clippings evenly under the best of conditions.

Some mowers are designed specifically for one mode of operation; others can handle two or even all three modes with minor adjustments and attachments. For many people, a side discharge deck will be the most attractive (and lowest cost) option.
If you really want to optimize the appearance of your lawn and hide the clippings, consider a more expensive mulching mower. You generally should not plan to bag all clippings, but having the option of bagging occasionally, as noted, might be a consideration. Buy a mower that does a good job of side discharging and/or mulching, and consider ability to bag as a possible accessory.

Article courtesy of  the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center











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