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
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
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.
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