Mowing the outdoor lawn is one of those household chores people do pretty much without thinking. Here are instructions to mow an outdoor lawn. Maintain your outdoor lawn mower. On a riding mower ensure the tires are properly inflated, on a push mower be sure the wheels are set at the same height. Also, keep you lawn mower blade sharp. Don’t try to cut your lawn as short as a putting green. Grass needs its leaves to gather nutrients so you want to be sure you only cut your lawn down to approximately 2 inches in height. Cut you lawn regularly. Never cut off more than 1/3 of the length of a blade of grass. If you have allowed your lawn to “get away” from you, don’t cut the grass down to the 2-inch height in one operation. Raise your lawn mower and cut off the top 1/3 of the length of the blade only.
A few days later lower the blade to the proper height and mow your outdoor lawn again. This gives the grass time to recover from the trauma of being cut. Bagging grass clippings is not always necessary. If you keep your lawn at the proper height and only cut off the top third of the blades of grass, the clippings will drop down onto the ground and provide a natural mulch on your lawn. Rake or bag your grass clippings only when the grass has grown too long and you are going to be cutting it twice in a few days. Long clippings won’t break down and will form a thatch on your lawn preventing moisture and nutrients from getting into the soil.