Secrets to a Great Lawn

Professional lawn care manager offers tips on how to make your fresh-cut lawn look its best.

| March 27, 2009

  • A bird's-eye view of the mowing process.
    A bird's-eye view of the mowing process.
  • This lawn needs mowing.
    A close-up view of a lawn in need of mowing.
  • Mowing on an angle.
    Mowing on an angle.

  • A bird's-eye view of the mowing process.
  • This lawn needs mowing.
  • Mowing on an angle.

Mowing your own lawn can either be a source of pride or a real disappointment. Either way, it’s a workout. And if you are like most people who choose to do it yourself, you might as well do it right.

“There are a few simple things anyone can o to make their lawn look great,” says professional landscape manager Kris Birch. “Choosing the right equipment to maintain your lawn is really the first step.”

Birch and his team of more than 25 professionals count on Toro mowers to get the job done. Other factors to consider are proper watering, feeding and weed control.

“But in my mind,” Birch says, “the most important consideration is how you go about cutting your grass.”

When asked the secrets to a great cut, Birch says that keeping your blade sharp throughout the season is key, not only to a nice even cut, but also for the overall health of the lawn.

“We sharpen our blades after every 10 hours of use,” Birch says. “If you don’t keep your blade sharp you’ll end up tearing the grass instead of cutting it. This can put a lot of stress on your lawn, making it dry and prone to weeds and disease.”

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