1. Clean Up!

As you mow over wet grass, the clippings form a icky, sticky mess. Cleaning the mower deck and wheels (don’t forget those tiny crevices), will reduce rust damage and keep metal from corroding. If the clippings do not wash off easily you can take a putty knife and gently scrape them away.

2. Keep it Short.

Mowing more often not only encourages a thick, healthy lawn but will also keep that beautiful dark green that we all want as well as being friendly to your mower. Cullen Beard recommends not cutting more than ⅓ of the grass blade off at one time. Any more than that will stress the lawn.

3. Sharpen Mower Blades

Dull mower blades tend to tear the leaf blade instead of cutting it. The tearing results in browning on the leaf tip… not exactly what we want for a lush lawn. Your local small engine repair shop can sharpen your mower blades for a small fee or you may choose to simply  replace the mower blades, The new ones will come pre-sharpened.

4. Choose the Right Position.

Make sure you know the proper height to set your mower. Most people actually cut their lawns too short. Generally, it is recommended that you set your mower to the highest or next to highest setting. Leave the lower ones for scalping in the spring.

5. Choose the Best Discharge Method.

Usually it is best to mulch your clippings. This helps to return nutrients to the soil. However, if you are mowing more than ⅓ of the leaf blade, then it may be best to use the side discharge attachment. To keep a more smooth texture, you can  bag the clippings.

Recommended by Roy Brenedsohn / Popular Mechanics