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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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Can mowing weeds cause them to spread?

Highly unlikely that your mulching mower is causing cuttings to grow. The cut weed parts won't have good soil contact and will dry out and die. Weeds that have gone to seed stand a better chance of ...
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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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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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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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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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Can mowing weeds cause them to spread?

Violets, maybe. But not thistles, unless you cut them when they have seeded. As far as I know, thistles will grow from root cuttings, but not stem or leaves.
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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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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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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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Push Mow Around Pine Island

Fill in (or rake back after edging) the mulch should work. Provide a hard edge that won't go flying (such as bricks or pavers) for the mower wheel to ride on should work. Cut the grass higher (which ...
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Is there an optimum time to mow the lawn?

Since you've got cool season grass mix for a lawn you will want to make sure that that mower cuts no lower than 3". Once a week, twice is better. Bag clippings. Mow in the early afternoon when the ...
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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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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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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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Which way to put lawnmower on side?

I own an older 6.5 hp Craftsman push mower from Sears. This unit has front wheel drive. The manual states to tip it with the carb and air filter facing up. If you tip it back with the spark plug ...
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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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Mowing traction

If you are afraid of a single misstep do not mow that with a mower of any kind! Do you own a weed wacker? Line trimmer? That is the tool for the job unless you own a scythe, sharpened? I am being ...
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Sod too high, mowing issues

I am going to suggest that the rolls of sod have gaps between them due to the the rolls being laid wet and then drying and shrinking. If you orient the mower to move from the front to the back the ...
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What happens if perenial ryegrass is mowed high

According to The Lawn Institute (specifically, this page), cool season grasses should be mowed at anywhere from one to four inches. This includes perennial ryegrass. The growth rate you describe ...
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What's a good one device solution for mowing a small lawn?

String trimmer. I have a situation similar to yours where I have some bee hives. I have tried both a small mower and battery electric string trimmer in the area and now use the trimmer exclusively. ...
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Please explain how leaving turf 1/8" longer equals 30% increase in leaf area

A couple of factors to keep in mind: Grass leaves tend to grow out close to horizontally, particularly at ground level in the crown. So if we raise the height of the cut by 1 unit (inch, cm. and so ...
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I want to Mow a 50 Acre lawn

In general, the more capital you can apply to the work the higher your labour cost per hour will be but the faster the job can be done and the higher the quality. I suggest that first consider what ...
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