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Can I shave exposed roots from a Silver Maple tree to avoid damage when mowing?

No, you shouldn't interfere with them or damage them in any way, you may compromise the tree if you do. If possible, remove the grass that's near the roots, plant ground cover instead or just mulch ...
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How can I stop dead grass clippings from accumulating on top of the live grass, and clogging the mower?

What height are you cutting your lawn? Are you cutting it when it is damp? Has it been a mild summer in your neck of the woods? If you're cutting it less than 3", it's too short. The amount ...
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Can I shave exposed roots from a Silver Maple tree to avoid damage when mowing?

Far better to mulch the area or otherwise remove it from mowing. A huge tree is a huge issue when it's in trouble, and cutting roots is very likely to cause trouble, as the tree depends on the ...
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Is there an optimum time to mow the lawn?

I don't have too much experience (none with robot mowers) but I think same 'rules' apply to any type of mower: Avoid mowing when grass is wet - this applies to early morning when there is dew (or ...
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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?

I usually mow my lawn on the highest setting on my mower so there's not much I can do when it grows too high. Don't worry too much about it if it's not something you do frequently. Sometimes life or ...
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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?

Three days. There are things to look for, like: uneven surface of blades (healthy grass growing strong again) clippings have settled shorter grass acclimating to new sunlight But in reality, those ...
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How often do mower blades need to be sharpened?

It depends on a lot of factors but for rotary mowers, every 20 to 25 hours is a good interval to sharpen your blades. For some people that means once a year, for others twice a year. For commercial ...
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Which way to put lawnmower on side?

Before you start doing anything on your mower disconnect the spark plug wire and make sure it's away from the spark plug so the engine doesn't accidentally start if you turn the blades. Think of how ...
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How should I handle tall grass patches in my lawn?

I'd simply mow it a few more times before freaking out and "weeding" it out. It may just be yellow now because it was taller before you mowed, so the lower parts were more shaded. Could be those ...
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How often do mower blades need to be sharpened?

Depends on the mower you're using - if its just an ordinary electric hover mower with a rotary blade, or a non hover with a rotor blade, you just buy a new blade when its blunt or damaged, unless you ...
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How can I stop dead grass clippings from accumulating on top of the live grass, and clogging the mower?

Mow higher. Grass grows much slower when mowed high, so the volume of clipping generated is drastically dropped, and what is produced will fall down through the grass better. Plus, the height of the ...
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I do not want to mow the lawn, how can I have a lawn without having to mow?

I'll provide some suggestions and options but you'll need to dig into them further as not having a nice grass lawn is complete anathema to me. :) A lot is going to depend on other factors like do you ...
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How often should you mow a growing lawn?

As other's have stated, try not to mow off more than 1/3rd of the length of the blade. Most cool season grasses like to be mowed high. 2-3" is a good mowing height. The blade is where it makes it's ...
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Can I shave exposed roots from a Silver Maple tree to avoid damage when mowing?

I would not do that, shaving off the roots can really hurt or even kill the tree. I would just go around the root then come back with scissors and cut around the root. You could also use a weed wacker ...
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Should I mow my lawn during a drought?

Not normally, it's considered a "cover crop" to protect the soil, and will help more moisture stay near the surface. A few years ago we had almost no rain all summer, and living on a creek the grass ...
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Which way to put lawnmower on side?

Well, I hate to contradict anyone, but we've been attending manufacturers updates schools since the 70's and early eighties and I assure you, you always turn the mower towards the dipstick - always. ...
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Is there an optimum time to mow the lawn?

You're in the UK - that means the grass will be wet or damp overnight throughout the year with the exception of the summer months (June to end of July), and only then if its not raining, so this would ...
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Should I mow my lawn during a drought?

This happens a lot in the south of the UK - we still cut if its growing, but with the blades set high, and let the clippings fly, leaving them on the lawn, only clearing them away (if they haven't ...
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Should I mow my lawn during a drought?

Lawns allowed to go dormant do not do well. Sure, some will come back but weeds will be able to take hold. Have you TRAINED your lawn grasses to become drought tolerant? When the roots are made to ...
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Which way to put lawnmower on side?

IN this case, the direction to tip the mower is back...I.e. Place a cinder block on the handle to hold it down to the ground. As noted in another answer, pull the spark plug wire. Most mowers have an ...
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How can I stop dead grass clippings from accumulating on top of the live grass, and clogging the mower?

I just wanted to add that you can try to mow in a different pattern each week. So one week mow diagonally, the next horizontally. This way the dried grass from the prior week will be chopped up ...
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I do not want to mow the lawn, how can I have a lawn without having to mow?

If you want grass, there are several commercially available grasses that are advertized as "no mow." They are generally fine textured dwarf grasses that grow between 2 and 6 inches in height. There ...
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How often should you mow a growing lawn?

I agree with 3 - 3.35 inches, but that varies depending on whether, and weather, I can mow every week. If rain interrupts the mowing and the lawn gets longer than normal, then I mow it longer to ...
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Will mowing sprouting silver maple saplings eventually kill them?

Yes, as long as they are not established already, mowing them will kill them pretty much straight away. The only concern I would have is if they are suckers sprouting from the roots, such as happens ...
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Backpack vs handheld blower for cleaning driveways

It depends on your experience with the hand-held blower and your future plan regarding your business expansion. The points for having a backpack blower: A more ergonomic design compared to handheld ...
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How often should you mow a growing lawn?

Well simply amazing. Here are the facts for cool season grass mixes. KEEP at 3" period. The reason is that these grass species need the topgrowth to feed (plants produce their own FOOD via ...
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What is the correct way to hold, orient and maneuver string trimmers?

Basic rule of thumb is.. If head spins clockwise debris exits on the left and it's best to cut from the right. For counter-clockwise it's the opposite. You want debris to blow away from the area you'...
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Does it help to bag lawn clippings prior to fertilization?

Your fertilizer would have to be sitting on some pretty impervious muck not to wash in the first time it rained. I think Mr Big Box was just trying to sound like the knowledgeable salesperson the TV ...
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Does it help to bag lawn clippings prior to fertilization?

Also known as Grasscycling. Grass clippings are 80% water and a time releasing organic fertilizer. There are only 2 main reasons not to Grasscycle. If you see signs of lawn disease, to avoid ...
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Which way to put lawnmower on side?

Have the oil crankcase/oil dipstick/oil cap on the downward side of the mower when you turn it over on its side.
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