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Sharp Blades Mow Better

A lawn mower with a dull blade can lead to disease problems in your lawn … and takes more time to mow! Source: turf.purdue.edu

Lawn mower blades become dull over time and soon begin to tear off the tips of the blades of grass rather than slicing them off neatly. This leaves a ragged edge that gives the lawn a brownish cast and also opens the door wide to lawn grass diseases. A lawn mower with a dull blade also requires more effort to push and makes for slower mowing, often forcing you to remow certain sections.

How do you know if the blade needs sharpening? After you mow, pull out a blade of grass. If the end is neatly trimmed, the blade is still doing its job. If you see a ragged edge, the blade is too dull.

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This blade is dull and nicked and won’t cut very efficiently. Source: wolfandiron.com

A dull lawn mower blade is easy enough to correct. Just make a habit of sharpening your mower blade occasionally. For most lawns, once a year is fine, but if you have a large area to mow, a second sharpening in mid-season may be necessary.

Here’s a video that explains how to sharpen a mower blade using a grinder. The same operation can be done using a simple metal file as well. And if you don’t want to do it yourself, there are shops specializing in sharpening mower blades pretty much everywhere.

Sometimes a little effort now allows you to be more laidback later!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. After studies at the University of Toronto and Laval University where he obtained his B.A. in modern languages in 1978, he succeeded in combining his language skills with his passion for gardening in a novel career as a garden writer and lecturer. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He is a regular contributor to and horticultural consultant for Fleurs, Plantes, Jardins garden magazine and has written for many other garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Rebecca’s Garden and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 50 other titles in English and French. He can be seen in Quebec on French-language television and was notably a regular collaborator for 7 years on the TV shows Fleurs et Jardins and Salut Bonjour Weekend. He is the President of the Garden Writers Association Foundation and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. An avid proponent of garden tourism, he has lead garden tours throughout Canada and to the gardens of over 30 countries over the last 30 years. He presently resides in Quebec City, Quebec.

1 comment on “Sharp Blades Mow Better

  1. Pingback: Get Your Lawn Mower Ready for Winter – Laidback Gardener

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