How often should you sharpen your lawn mower blades?

Even the best lawn mowers have blades that get dull after extended use. Without sharp blades, your lawn mower is essentially useless. Not only will it not cut as much grass as usual, but it will actually rip and shred your lawn rather than cleanly slicing blades of grass in half. This can make your lawn look messy and unkempt and, worse yet, even cause permanent damage to the grass. To avoid this problem you should sharpen your lawn mower blades on a regular basis.

Exactly how often you should sharpen the blades depends on a few factors. You have to consider how large your property is and how often you cut the grass. If you own a small property and only cut your grass a few times a month, or even less, you won’t have to worry about sharpening your blades too frequently. However, if you regularly maintain a large landscape with your lawn mower your blades may wear out more often than you think. In addition, the blades in your lawn mower may need sharpened even more often if you are regularly moving through sticks, twigs, and other harder objects besides just blades of grass.

In general, the average owner will want to check their lawn mower at least once a month. Sharpening your blades on a regular, monthly basis is an easy way to make sure they are getting the job done each and every time you mow your lawn. If you are a professional landscaper or someone else who uses a lawn mower on a weekly or even daily basis, you may want to consider checking your blades several times a month.

For more lawn mowing tips keep checking back with the team at LJ Elter & Son Power Equipment Centers.

Written by Len Elters

Len Elters

Len Elters has assisted his father in building L.J. Elter and Son from the ground up. Today the business has grown to over 50 products lines and 3 stores across Maryland.

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