James Waring's blogger page 2.
"As my very long walk through 106,000 gardens contiues".
Mowing, well where do I start? The most important thing is the blade of course I am talking about the rotary mower blade here. Your grass has no idea, whether you use a Honda, Flymo, Qualcsat or any other make it also has no idea how big the engine is or how wide the cut is, however every blade of grass soon knows how sharp your blade is. So what is the most important thing to say. PLEASE SHARPEN YOUR MOWER BLADE.
Sharpen my blade! yes I did have it sharpened! I hear back in reply so often, but how often should you sharpen the blade you ask? Well you should sharpen your mower blade once every 8 hours of use. Yes that often.
Let’s do some maths, if you actually spend 20 minutes mowing the lawn that’s of course 20 minutes mowing not getting it out of the shed and setting it up and putting it away. Yes 20 minutes mowing once every 2 weeks that’s 6 week’s mowing for 1 hours use x 8 hours is 48 weeks between sharpening.
Or if you mow for 1 hour once a week that’s 8 weeks between sharpenings. Of course when you do sharpen the blade this often, little time and effort is needed getting it back into tip top order, and that’s the point, you can file off any stone chips and then sand back a clean sharp edge on it in no time.
What’s more your lawn will look stunning.
You will also save so much time because the mower now works properly all the time and mowing becomes a more pleasurable experience. Your mower should now last for many many more years because you are also putting less strain on it.
If you are a gardener who mows lawns as part of your job please remember this applies to you as well, if you mow for 4 hours a day that means you should sharpen every other day. It’s the same mathematical equation. The more you mow the sooner you have to sharpen the blade.