Top 5 Grass Cutting Tips for Optimal Lawn Maintenance

Mowing your grass properly is key to healthy lawn maintenance – and isn’t as easy as it seems. Check out our top 5 lawn mowing tips.

Mowing your lawn seems like a straightforward task, but don’t be fooled – there’s more to it than pushing a mower back and forth. Factors like temperature, cutting length, shade, and grass height all play a role in proper lawn maintenance. Check out our top 5 grass-cutting tips for a healthy lawn.

Tip # 1: Keep Grass Height in Mind

Don’t cut your grass too short (called scalping), or you’ll increase your chances of diseased grass and a weed infestation. Short grass (grass that’s cut off at the growing point or crown) exposes soil and allows sunlight to get through, meaning weed seed can take root and thrive.

Consistent scalping can also damage your grass’s root system, making your lawn vulnerable to drought damage during high temperatures.

Your mowing height is vital to healthy lawn maintenance. In the summer, you’ll want a taller mowing height so your grass can grow longer. The hotter the temperature, the more you’ll want to shade your soil with longer grass. Not only will this prevent weed growth, but it’ll also allow your grass to develop deeper roots, helping it withstand drought. Once it gets colder in the fall, lower your blades to help prevent snow mold from hurting your grass.

A taller mowing height will also help if your grass is growing in a shaded area. Keeping your grass long will aid in growth, since longer blades mean a larger surface area for conducting photosynthesis.

Tip # 2: Alternate Your Mowing Pattern

Change direction every time you cut your grass so it’s not trained to lean one way, making it look worn out. Switching up your mowing pattern – alternating between vertical, horizontal, and diagonal mowing – ensures grass stems grow straight and tall. Going over the same tracks time and time again also causes rutting and soil compaction, preventing water and air from reaching the roots.

Tip # 3: Keep Your Blades Sharp

Well-sharpened blades create a clean, tidy cut, while dull blades lead to jagged, uneven edges. A rough-cut lawn isn’t just visually unappealing, it also creates openings for diseases and pests. To avoid this, either purchase a spare or make sure to sharpen your mower blades several times per season.

Tip # 4: Know When to Mow

The best time to mow your lawn is when your grass is dry. Wet grass can clog a mower and has a habit of clumping together and creating an uneven cut. If you have to mow wet grass, make sure to remove any clumps deposited on your yard, as these can kill your grass. Also, apply oil or a silicone spray on the underside of your mower to help prevent wet grass from sticking.

Tip # 5: Don’t Throw Out Your Clippings

You’ll be tempted to bag up your clippings after mowing, but that’s not always the best move for healthy lawn maintenance. If your grass is mowed frequently (meaning only one-third of the blade is consistently being removed) grasscycling might be the way to go. This means you leave the clippings on your grass, creating a simple fertilizer for your lawn.

While you can opt for a mulching mower to make this process easier, you don’t have to. Mulching blades – which cut grass into small, easily decomposable pieces – are also an option.


Mowing your lawn properly can take time, effort, and careful planning. Maggio is happy to take over your mowing duties. Get a quote here or contact us at 855-366-2891 or

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