It seems simple enough, just push or ride your mower over the grass... not so simple if you want to promote a healthy lawn.
Tip 1: Set Your Mower HighSet your mower at the highest preferred setting for your grass type, cutting only the top 1/3 of the grass blades at any one time. Why? Because properly mowed grass can grow and support more roots and develop a deeper root system to find water and nutrients in the soil. Cutting too aggressively, or scalping the lawn, forces grass plants to re-grow their blades, not deepen roots, and also makes your lawn more prone to weeds.
Tip 2: Mow a Dry Lawn Wait for your lawn to dry before mowing. Cutting wet grass can result in an uneven cut. Wet clippings can clog your mower, too, dumping clumps of grass on your lawn which can smother the grass and result in brown spots.
Tip 3: Vary Your Mowing Pattern Mow in a different direction every time you mow. By varying the mowing pattern, you help avoid compacting soil. Plus, grass will stand up nice and tall since it typically leans in the direction you mow.
Tip 4: Mow As Needed Mow only as often as needed for your grass type, growing conditions, growth pattern and season. In spring, that may mean twice a week. In summer, you may only have to mow every other week.
Tip 5: Leave Grass Clipping on your Lawn Leave grass clippings on your lawn, when possible. If you mow at the right height as often as needed, clippings break down quickly, contributing nitrogen and other nutrients to the soil.
Tip 6: Keep Your Mower Blade Sharp Keep mower blades sharp for the cleanest cut, sharpening at the first sign of wear. Dull blades tear up grass, causing a grayish-brown color.