Answers to Mowing and Lawn Questions 

Joy of Mowing answers your questions about lawn mowing, lawn care, lawn mower repair, and buying a new mower.

When is the best time to water my lawn?

Water the lawn infrequently but deeply, preferably early in the morning before the sun comes up.

What is the best weed killer for my lawn?

Use an off-the-shelf, targeted post-emergent weed killer or try a mixture of liquid dish soap and water. Apply it directly onto the weed. Another option – and it’s a good one to avoid killing nearby grass – is to pull weeds by hand.

Where can I find a local lawn mower repair shop?

Find a local mower repair shop near you with our easy-to-use nationwide locator.

How do I stripe my lawn?

It is easier than you might think. Check out this brief overview.

How can I avoid injury when mowing my lawn?

A common explanation for injuries that result from lawnmowers and power equipment is that people cut corners. So, the simplest way to avoid them is to keep hands and feet away from mower blades while in operation. Every time you need to get near a turning blade: cut the engine.

How do I control weeds in my lawn?

The best time to kill weeds is in the fall, so you will not want to broadly spray the entire lawn, but during the summer months you can spot spray weedy areas.

How do I avoid bad fuel?

Keep the gasoline in your lawn mower clean and fresh. Fuel can begin to deteriorate in as little as 30 days.

How can I prevent or treat lawn disease?

Great info in this article from Joy of Mowing.  

What are the benefits of mulch?

One huge benefit you cannot see directly is that mulch improves your soil’s ability to hold water and its nutrient supply. It also aids in the development of root growth, especially in early spring because mulch helps to warm soil faster. Check out Mulch 101 for more.

How much should I water my lawn?

How much water is just right? Apply the screwdriver test: if you jab it into the soil, does it go in easily? If too much resistance, add more water.

What is the best time of day to mow my lawn?

If you can, try to mow after 7 p.m. to reduce stress on the grass.

How and when should I wash my lawn mower?

It depends, here are some Pro tips

 
How short should I cut my grass?

Set the deck of your lawnmower so that you are cutting off no more than one-third of the blade of grass. Taller grass helps prevent the soil from dehydrating. It also discourages weed seeds from germinating.

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How do I care for my lawn during a drought?
Do I need a commercial OR a residential lawn mower?

It depends. Visit your local independent dealer and you’ll find lawnmowers in various sizes and price ranges, categorized as commercial or residential machines. What is the difference? And when would a residential homeowner want a commercial-grade lawnmower for their lawn? Check out this article for more.

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What lawn mowing safety equipment is recommended?

While out in the yard, use a head-to-toe safety checklist:

  • Hats and helmets to protect against the sun or when using chainsaws on trees and tree limbs
  • Eye protection, such as safety glasses and goggles especially when using tillers, trimmers, and lawnmowers
  • Hearing protection, such as earplugs and earmuffs to reduce decibel exposure from leaf blowers and other small engines
  • Cut-resistant chaps or leg protectors when using chainsaws
  • Sturdy shoes or high-cut footwear with toe caps and reinforced, non-skid soles

More safety info here.

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Why does my grass turn brown or yellow?

The most common reasons why grass turns brown or yellow is because of a lack of rainfall or irrigation, improper mowing techniques when grass is stressed, or other improper maintenance issues. What we’ll address here are infectious diseases caused by fungal pathogens. More here.

 

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How do I identify lawn disease?

Tips on the most common lawn diseases and how to spot them here.  

 

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