Sunday, July 1, 2018

Tell One Friend: Mow High, Mow Often


Do you leave your clippings on the lawn? Remember to mow high and mow often.

Mowing high ensures that your clip only 1/3 of the length of the grass blades, each time. Small clippings also break down easily. Mowing often develops a deep, extensive root system and leaves little room for weeds to grow.
  • Raise your mower blade to medium range.
    Mow to the height of your pinky, or 6 to 8 cm (2.5 to 3 inches).
  • Mow about every 4 to 5 days during the heavy growth season.
    When growth is slower, cutting once a week or less will suffice.
  • Sharpen the blade. It's makes for a sharp-looking lawn.
    Grass recovers more quickly when cut cleanly.
Help your friends and neighbours keep it simple.

Prompt Them
"It's really simple to leave my clippings on the lawn. I don't cut off too much of the grass at a time. I mow regularly, but I don't have the hassle of bagging and dragging my grass."

One Small Ask
"Can I show you how to raise the blade on your mower? You can decide what length to go with afterwards."

Give Feedback
"I love how lush your lawn looks, and I noticed you leaving the clippings on the lawn. Will you get in touch if you ever need help?"

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Did You Know?
It is not too late to go bagless if the grass has grown a bit too long. Just raise your mower blade to the highest possible setting. Go over your lawn once, then lower the blade it to a medium range, and mow the lawn a second time. It will still be more time effective than bagging your grass and ensures your clippings remain small enough to break down efficiently.

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