Expert Advice

Dull Mower Blades

The effect of freshly sharpened blades on your lawn is the same as a new coat of paint on your house – it is one of the easiest ways to re-invigorate the way your lawn looks. Cutting your lawn with a sharp blade when the turf is fully dry ensures the cleanest possible cut.

Why is a clean cut so important?

Mowing your lawn with dull blades tears the grass rather than cutting it, this will leave your lawn with split ends that look ragged and are especially unsightly during the hottest months when the frayed tips dry out and turn brown. Not only is ragged grass unattractive, it also weakens the grass plant and provides an ideal entry point for lawn diseases. By sharpening your blades regularly, we recommend twice a year, your lawn will be trimmed cleanly. This will ensure that your turf keeps its rich green colour and will recover faster after each cut.

Sharp blades are also better for your machine. When the blades are sharp, your mower’s engine doesn’t have to work as hard, and it can also help prevent clogging of the mower. It’s also quicker and easier for you to mow when your machine is in optimal condition.

If you are noticing that your turf has damaged tips spread evenly over the entire lawn, try sharpening your mower blades and then check the tips after you mow again. Here is a “how to” article if you would like to do it yourself.

Tips: always mow high at 3” and don’t forget, regular fertilization and proper watering practices are crucial for the overall health of your lawn.

If you have any questions, please give our office a call and one of our representatives will be happy to assist you!