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St Augustine Lawns Look Better When Mowed with a Sharp Mower Blade
by Rick Orr
St Augustine grass always looks better when mowed with a sharp mower blade. The St Augustine grass leaf contains rigid cells made of a very tough plant material that is difficult to cut. Mowing St Augustine grass with a dull mower blade creates a frayed tip.
The frayed tips give a white cast to the lawn. And the white frayed tips never go away – unless you mow with a sharp mower blade and remove the frayed tips.
And those same rigid tough cells not only make cutting tough, they make mower blades dull! It is a double whammy – you need a sharp mower blade to cut the grass and the grass is dulling the blade. But many homeowners never sharpen mower blades (who would think that in the fight “Steel Mower Blade vs. Grass” the steel mower blade would lose).
So how often should you sharpen the mower blade? Answer: Every time you mow your lawn would be best. Make it part of mowing your lawn to remove the mower blade, clamp it in a vice and use a hand file to put a sharp edge on the cutting edge. Another alternative is have two mower blades (they‘re cheap) – one on the mower and one sharp – and exchange them for each mowing.
ILoveTurf.com - November 24th, 2011
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