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Cut no more than one-third the height of the grass in any single mowing. By setting cutting heights correctly, you can greatly reduce weed growth and mowing frequency.
- Mow only when the grass is dry.
- Mow with a sharp blade. Re-sharpen after every 10 hours of mowing. Bring the blade to a professional sharpening service once a year. Replace the blade as necessary.
- Change mowing patterns frequently to prevent soil compaction.
- Leave clippings on the lawn unless they are very long or wet.
- Rinse clippings off your mower after it has cooled to reduce the chance of spreading lawn disease.
- Cut grass at the high end of the recommended height range during hot weather.
- Cut at the low end of the recommended height range during cool weather or in shade.
- Make your last cut of the season at the low end of the recommended height range.
- Never scalp the lawn or cut below plant crowns.