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Stay Sharp

Start your growing season right by doing some quick and easy pre-season maintenance. One of the most used tools in your shed is your lawn mower, but how often do you actually sharpen the blade? If you do so once per year, then you are above the national average and that is still not enough. 

Cutting your grass with a dull blade can smash the edge of the grass shoot, which leaves a torn end rather than a clean cut. This torn end will usually turn brown a few days after mowing and become more susceptible to pests and diseases. However, if your blade is kept nice and sharp, the grass will get a clean cut which will greatly reduce damage and stress to your lawn.  On our farm, we sharpen our cutting blades multiple times per year. 

It is simple to sharpen the blade of your mower yourself using a grinder or a kit that you can typically purchase off of the internet or from a lawn and garden store. There are multiple You-tube videos that will show you step- by- step instructions on how to do so. Many businesses that sell lawn mowers will also sharpen the blades for you.   This service is typically done for fewer than ten dollars. This is a great investment for a healthy lawn.

Cutting your grass with a dull blade is the number 1 cause of disease in lawns. You should make sure to sharpen and balance the blade of your lawn mower at least twice per year in order to ensure the best cut.  This will help you to keep a more beautiful and healthy lawn.  Start your spring season by getting your blade sharpened!