Published on August 4th, 2015 | by Kimberly Myers2
How to Mow in Tall Grass
Has your mower ever gotten bogged down or even stalled out while mowing?
Next you tap out the deck of the mower to get all those loose clippings that are clogging up the blades out.
This could be happening because your grass is too tall.
Never fear, just because your lawn got out of hand this time, you will still be able to knock it back down to the proper length, here’s how!
Raise the Deck
Most mower decks have a 4″ cutting height. If your grass is taller than this, it may be an issue. You can raise your mower deck to it’s highest setting and give it a shot. However, be sure you only cut 1/3 of the length of the blade with each cut to reduce stress to the blade, continue cutting just 1/3 of the blade until the grass reaches your desired height.
Hold your Horses!
Going full throttle on a mower can be fun, and maybe you are in a rush to get your lawn cut before your barbecue, but, you need to slow down. Slow and steady is going to win this race. If you have excessively tall grass, go slow, this will cause less stress on your mower than trying to go your normal cutting pace.
Use the Right Blades
When you have long grass using mulching blades is VERY important. Leaving long grass clippings on your lawn can be very detrimental to the overall health of your lawn . These long clippings can suffocate your lawn and kill the grass. If you don’t have mulching blades, be sure that you bag the long clippings.
If you do not wish to mulch your clippings, consider using hi-lift blades to tackle the tall grass, but be sure that you promptly remove the clippings from your lawn!
If your grass is just too long for your mower and you yard is a manageable size, take off 1/3 of the blade using a string trimmer. After doing this you should be able to mow as you normally would.
Brush Mowers are also a good alternative to cutting down tall grass. It will surely be able to stand up to your yard and get it back in shape.
As you see, mowing tall grass can be kind of a pain, be sure to keep up with mowing your lawn so that it doesn’t get too long!