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Questions tagged [mowing]

The act of cutting a lawn

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Cover crop - cutting rye before it flowers

I planted a fall cover crop last fall to loosen up our compacted yard in Sacramento, California. Currently, it's very tall, like 3 feet, and I'd like to mow it soon. But it contains winter and annual ...
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I want to Mow a 50 Acre lawn [closed]

How much it would cost yearly to mow a 50 acre lawn (by yourself or hire someone permanently) and what machinery should be used to cut grass to 2 inches once a week? 10 acres an hour should do the job ...
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When to mow overseeded penncross grass

I have a small yard, about 450 square feet, that I have seeded with Penncross Creeping Bentgrass. I used seed. This is the second year and I overseeded this year because I had a few spots I damaged ...
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Will mowing sprouting silver maple saplings eventually kill them?

I recently seeded approximately 600 sf of lawn and unfortunately the timing corresponded with my neighbor's silver maple (Acer saccharinum) dropping it's samaras. Needless to say the maple seeds love ...
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Mowing traction

I have to mow on a section of yard, by a ditch, that is at a steep angle, too steep for me to mow across with my lawn tractor. So it needs to be mowed with a walk behind mower. However, at the ...
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Is there an optimum time to mow the lawn?

I am looking to buy a robot lawn mower for my newly laid lawn. These mowers are designed to make small cuts but to be used often. This I understand to be beneficial. They are capable of being ...
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Does it help to bag lawn clippings prior to fertilization?

So I heard from a big-box hardware store that before I lay down fall food, its best to mow with the bag on. Otherwise, I've always heard that I should avoid bagging except in very wet conditions. That ...
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Should I mow my lawn during a drought?

Upstate New York is experiencing a severe drought that I never even thought was possible in what I have always known as a permanently wet and cloudy region. I have left my lawn unmowed for over a ...
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How long should I wait to mow my lawn a second time when I try to avoid cutting more than 30% of the blade in one cutting?

One key principle in maintaining healthy turf is mowing regularly enough that you never cut more than 30% of the blade length in any single cutting. In peak growing season it can be difficult to keep ...
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Which way to put lawnmower on side?

When cleaning my lawnmower I have to put it on its side so that I can clean its underside. However, I keep on reading that you can only put it on one side, not the other, otherwise oil and/or ...
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How should I handle tall grass patches in my lawn?

I recently purchased a home in January. Now that it's Spring the grass is starting to come through. However, I've noticed a variety of grass patches of different colors and lengths before I mowed for ...
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Can I shave exposed roots from a Silver Maple tree to avoid damage when mowing?

We have large roots from a huge Silver Maple tree that are partially above ground and interfere with mowing. Can I shave them so the mower can pass over them?
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What is the correct way to hold, orient and maneuver string trimmers?

I have a straight gas powered string trimmer that spins counterclockwise. There seems to be conflicting information on the internet regarding how to hold, orient and maneuver string trimmers. Some ...
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How often do mower blades need to be sharpened?

An important practice in toxin-free (and other) turf care is to only mow with sharp blades. So how often do I have to sharpen the blades? I'm sure that it will depend on conditions, but is there some ...
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How can I stop dead grass clippings from accumulating on top of the live grass, and clogging the mower?

So, this has been my first year with a yard that I need to tend myself, and I have dutifully mowed it every Saturday morning. The problem I'm finding is that, while I've always heard it's better to ...
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I do not want to mow the lawn, how can I have a lawn without having to mow?

I have a lawn, but I limit my mowing. Plants do not grow well in the sandy soil. Weeds grow extremely well. The climate is moist, humid spring, summer and fall. Winter is snow and ice. There is lots ...
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Using a collecting hover mower without the collector

I have an electric hover mower with a collector, similar to this one: I have taken to using it without the collector attached, because I would rather the clippings mulch my lawn, than have to deal ...
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Lawn-mowing: when to mulch and when to bag?

I know mulching when mowing is typically a good thing for the health of the yard. If this is the case, under what circumstances should I bag the clippings?
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How high should I cut fescue grass?

The fescue grass in my yard is not doing well. I suspect that I may be cutting it too short--especially in the summer heat. I have cut it to a length of three inches for several years now. How tall ...
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How can I mow a moist lawn?

My lawn is wet at the moment (well, a bit dewey, not soaking as in just rained), and it clogs my mower, causing it to work harder and fail to collect anything in the basket. Is there a solution ...
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How often should you mow a growing lawn?

During the warm months when my grass is growing, is there a mowing schedule I can use to encourage the lawn to be green and healthy? Mine often seems "unhappy" when it's been cut (goes pale, some ...