Maintain healthy grass by keeping it trimmed to the proper height.

The Best Ways to Cut Grass With a Snapper Lawn Mower

by Keith Dooley

You are a lawn warrior and have never met a yard you couldn't tame. Armed with your trusty Snapper push or riding mower, the fate of tall grass is all but sealed. However, before you set out on your next crusade, make sure you are getting the most out of the mower. Understanding the best ways to cut grass can be your secret weapon in the war on tall grass.

1. Know the Mower

It is important to understand the features and capabilities of your Snapper walk behind or riding mower. Before you start out, make sure you are familiar with the features of a walk behind mower, such as the ground speed control, drive wheel control and engine speed control. On a riding mower, know how to set the speed control and use the blade engage lever. Understanding controls such as the brake on a riding mower and drive wheel control on a walk behind will allow you stop quickly if needed.

2. Mower Settings

Set the cutting deck on Snapper walk behind or riding mower to remove only one-third of the total grass blade at a time. Mowing more often and removing small amounts of the grass blade helps to keep the grass healthy and makes cutting overall easier to accomplish. Set the cutting height on a Snapper walk behind mower with the adjustment levers behind each wheel. A Snapper riding mower has a cutting height lever that is raised or lowered as needed. The blade height is adjusted in 1/2-inch increments.

3. Cutting the Grass

Timing is everything and cutting grass when it is dry will result in a better job and less mess and cleanup. Alternate the pattern you use to cut the grass to help keep the grass growing upright instead of leaning in the direction you always cut. The direction in which cut grass is discharged should be onto areas that are already cut so you don't end up cutting the same grass twice.

4. Mulch or Bag

You may want to use a bagging attachment when cutting grass that has grown taller than normal. This will help to keep clumps or heavy accumulations of grass off the lawn. Discharging normal amounts of grass clippings onto the lawn helps to return nitrogen and other nutrients back to the lawn and is a natural means of feeding a lawn. If you decide to bag the clippings, they can be added to a mulch pile or placed for pickup on trash day, based on local guidelines.

About the Author

Keith Dooley has done work in the field of landscaping and design for more than 10 years. He has implemented his own designs, as well as pulled from techniques learned through studies, creating many landscapes for others to enjoy.He has also maintained lawns, athletic fields, town parks, large gardens and game fields.

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