Lawn Mower Blades Can Keep You A Cut Above

Ever stop to think why your lawn mower blades play a significant role in your yard's healthy appearance? Mowing is what we do most to our lawns. Sharp mower blades give a "prettier" cut because there is less stress on the grass blade. Dull lawn mower blades rip and bruise the grass blades, causing a brown and unhealthy appearance.

Since we are constantly mowing our lawns in the spring and summer, our mower blades get dull without proper care. Ideally, you should sharpen the blades on your lawn mower twice a season. Wiry-blade grasses, like Bermuda grass or zoysia grass, dull the blades faster... so it's a good idea to sharpen your blades three times a season with these grasses.

Meanwhile, keep an eye on your lawn mower blades for damage from rocks or exposed roots. Never try to straighten mower blades that are badly bent out of shape. This will only weaken the blade and may cause a poor fitting. Do not attempt mowing with a cracked or broken blade. When you notice a blade has worn too thin or become damaged, it's time to replace the blade.

Choosing The Right Lawn Mower

Your choice of mower blades will help determine the lawn mower you buy... and the type of cutting your lawn will undergo.

There are mulching mower blades, which have a greater cutting surface than the standard blades used for bagging grass. Mulching mower blades circulate the clippings and cut them over and over. Standard "lift" blades cut, lift and blow out the clippings, enabling you to bag the cut grass.

The three most popular types of mowers are the reel (cylinder) mower with a rear roller, the hover mower, and the rotary mower with or without a rear roller. Each type of lawn mower provides different ways of cutting, and is more suitable for certain jobs. Some are better for cutting small lawns, some excel at cutting slopes and banks. Other mowers perform well on uneven ground.

Download our e-book Easy Lawn Care to completely satisfy your curiosity about mower types and which lawn mower blades are best for any given lawn. It is truly all you'll ever need for lawn care help.



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