Lawn mowing keeps your grass in Michigan looking beautiful and pristine. It needs to be done regularly throughout the growing season, which means your lawn mower will be put to work! To ensure your grass is cut properly and efficiently, you need to sharpen your mower blades regularly; the general rule of thumb is to do so twice per season. Keeping your mower blades sharp will ensure you create clean cuts on the grass so you maintain its manicured appearance and healthy condition. Some common signs of them becoming dull that you'll want to look out for include an uneven turf height, jagged or frayed edges on the grass blades, and more.

How often should you sharpen your mower blades?

Your lawn mower's blades should be sharpened about twice per season. Keeping them sharp and well-maintained is a reliable way to ensure lawn mowing is done right. The best time to sharpen them is at the beginning of the season, especially before you perform your first mow of the year. Then, you'll want to do it again after about 25 hours of use, as that's around the time when they'll start becoming dull. Sharpening your mower's blades twice per season is the sweet spot to maintain its optimal shape. Doing less than that can make it difficult for them to make clean cuts and decrease both efficiency and effectiveness.

Why Sharpening Your Lawn Mower's Blades Is Important

Mowing your lawn with sharp blades is like shaving using a new razor; you get cleaner cuts and prevent knicking your skin and increasing the chances of infections! The same goes for your grass. Sharpening your lawn mower's blades is important to ensure you create nice, clean cuts on the grass, which will give it a manicured, uniform look that enhances your property's curb appeal. Additionally, making clean, crisp cuts can stimulate new growth and maintain its overall health.

When you mow your grass with dull mower blades, you risk harming it. Dull mower blades can tear the end of the grass, resulting in jagged tips and a discolored lawn! Torn grass blades also take more time to recover, which means they remain vulnerable to diseases for an extended period. By sharpening your mower blades regularly, you prevent causing more harm to your lawn than good.

Keeping your lawn mower's blades sharp ensures it does not struggle or overheat when cutting your grass.

Signs Your Lawn Mower Blades Are Getting Dull

During each lawn mowing session, you'll want to make sure your mower has sharpened blades. Fortunately, there are plenty of signs that you can look out for to check if your lawn mower's blades are getting dull. Check out some of the tell-tale signs that you need to sharpen your mower blades:

  • Uneven height on the grass
  • Grass blades have ragged or frayed edges
  • Mowing the same area multiple times
  • Dented mower blades
  • Lawn mower pulling up grass

Give us a call today to sign up for our mower sharp-n-lube maintenance service!

Lawn mowing is an essential maintenance task that keeps your grass growing lush and vibrant, so you'll want to be sure it is done correctly every time. That's where we can help! Our team at Outdoor Expressions Landscaping offers a mower sharp-n-lube maintenance service that involves a thorough 12-point inspection to ensure we don't miss anything. Not only will we sharpen the blades, but we'll also change the engine oil, clean the air filter, and more! We offer this service to homeowners in East Lansing, Okemos, Haslett, MI, and nearby areas. Call us today at (517) 333-7999 to sign up and get your lawn mower in perfect shape!