Proper mowing helps keep the weeds away, encourages fuller growth and produces a greener lawn. Rotary mowers, which cut horizontally, are more common than reel mowers, which cut vertically; however, reel mowers cut grass more uniformly and yield a higher quality lawn than cutting with rotary mowers. Fortunately, no matter what kind of mower you have, as long as its blades are sharp and you adopt some good mowing practices, your front lawn will soon be the envy of the neighborhood.
Keep your grass at a height that is right for the type of grass you have. Most grasses should be cut around 2 to 3 inches in height. During the summer, mow your grass about ½ inch taller than during the spring and fall.
Mow only dry grass. Wet grass is difficult to mow and the clippings are more likely to clump. The mower is also more likely to clog.
Cut off no more than one-third of the total height at each mowing. Mowing too much at any one time can stop the roots from growing. Also, the clippings are small enough that you don't need to rake them after mowing.
Change mowing directions. For example, mow in an east-west direction one week and the next time, in a north-south direction. This will prevent the grass from being pushed in the same direction every time.
Mow the grass about ½ to 1 inch shorter the last two times in the fall. Most grasses stop growing after the first hard freeze, so about 10 to 14 days before this, lower the mowing height.