Summer lawn maintenance requires frequent mowing. If your lawn is not looking up to par after a fresh cut, you may need to examine your blade. Even the most advanced lawn mower equipment will not produce optimal results if the blade is not sharp. How sharp is sharp enough? As sharp as possible. In fact, Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping offers top quality lawn maintenance services that include changing their mower blades out twice a day, everyday because they understand the importance of a sharp blade to give customers the results they want.
What is the risk of a dull blade?
Dull blades can hurt your lawn in more ways than one. It can first make your lawn look dull and uneven. This is especially visible in hot weather when the tip of each grass blade gets dried out and brown. When your mower has a dull blade rather than a sharp one, the grass gets ripped or torn instead of cut. A ripped turf will lead to even more problems, beyond the poor appearance.
Failing to sharpen your mower blade can also leave your grass vulnerable to disease. A sharp blade gives a clean cut that seals off each blade of grass quickly. A dull blade can actually lower your lawn’s immune system. Exposed torn grass can make your grass susceptible to the following problems:
- Heat problems
- Chemical burn
How does sharp blades help you save?
Your mower can use up to 20 percent more fuel with a dull blade. The mower, and you, have to work harder to cut the grass since a dull blade encounters resistance that a sharp blade will not. In addition to your gasoline cost, your water bill may also start to rise. You’ll find that you will have to water your grass more often if your turf is dull and sick.
Overall, the task of cutting the grass takes more forethought than you may think. What you thought was doing your lawn a favor may actually be harming it if you are not mowing with a sharp blade. Lawn professionals from Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping can help take the guesswork out of keeping a well-manicured lawn. If you do decide to do it yourself, most experts agree that your blade should be sharpened at least once a month.