Caring for your lawn is an important element in protecting your home's curb appeal and value. Regular mowing, weed eating, and blowing may be considered high-priority tasks, but ensuring these chores are conducted in a proper manner is also necessary. While surprising to learn, mowing the lawn with rusty, dull blades can do enormous damage to your grass, decreasing the look of your yard. In addition, the damaged grass blades will affect the underlying health of your lawn, requiring aerating and reseeding or laying down new sod. To protect your lawn, you should sharpen your mower's blades twice each season. With this guide, you will learn the signs your blades need sharpening or replacing and the best tips to prevent unnecessary damage.
Visible Lawn Damage
Damage to your lawn will be one of the most visible and obvious signs your mower's blades are in distress. Of course, you may not know what constitutes lawn damage.
The first and most obvious issue you will notice is unevenness across the lawn. Mowing with sharpened blades will cut your grass blades at the same height across the entire lawn. If you are having to make multiple passes across the lawn in an attempt to mow the grass evenly, your blades are most likely dull.
Dull blades will also harm the actual blade of grass. Consider inspecting the tip of the grass blades in a few different areas of your lawn. If the tips are jagged and torn, your mower's blades are rusty and dull.
Lastly, a healthy lawn should be lush and green in color. Unfortunately, mowing with dull blades that harm the actual grass will eventually cause the lawn to have brown spots. Continuous mowing with rusty, dull blades could kill the grass, leaving actual bare spots in the lawn.
Visible Blade Damage
If you notice any visible damage to the lawn, make sure to inspect the blades on your mower. Before you inspect the mower blades, make sure to remove the key from the ignition. You will need to elevate the mower deck, but you should use caution while placing it into position. Make sure the lanyard pin is in the highest position.
Wearing gloves to reduce the risk of cuts and scrapes, move your hands across the edges of the mower blades to inspect for roughness that may stem from rust. If you see or feel rusty residue, a complete replacement of your blades is necessary. If the blade edges feel dull, you need to have the blades sharpened.
While inspecting the blades, determine if the thickness has changed. Over time, your blades may thin out, decreasing their durability while affecting the manner in which they cut your grass.
The mower blades should be straight, as well. If you feel any areas that are warped or bent, replace the blades immediately.
If you only see and feel small nicks in the blades, be sure to have them sharpened to prevent further damage to the actual blades and your lawn.
Preventing Dull Blades
Regular use will dull your mower blades quickly, but there are a few things you can do to ensure the blades remain sharp for an extended period of time.
Before mowing, walk around your lawn and remove any rocks, sticks, and other debris that you may ride over. Also, avoid mowing your grass when it is damp. Mowing after it rains or early in the morning when the grass is covered in dew is challenging, since the grass will clump together. These clumps of grass will bog down your mower, wearing down the blades faster than normal.
With proper understanding and maintenance, you can mow your grass in an effective and efficient manner. These tips will help you learn the signs of damaged blades so you can repair them if necessary. For additional information and assistance with any problems with your mower, contact a company like Potestio Brothers Equipment, Inc.Share