How To Cut An Overgrown Lawn Properly

how to cut an overgrown lawn

Last updated on July 26th, 2020 at 12:37 pm

An overgrown lawn does not look good especially to you as the owner of the lawn. No matter how beautiful your home is, it will look embarrassing to you as the homeowner if your lawn has grown way past the cutting line.

You want your lawn cut regularly and properly maintained.

But sometimes, things can get out of hand and your lawn can become overgrown. You might have gone on a vacation and left it unattended, your lawn maintenance company might have failed to show up for some time or you just have had too much on your plate and could not carve out time to mow it by yourself.

Whatever your reason is for not tending to your lawn, it’s no longer important. What’s important now is getting your lawn back in shape again.

You have several options here based on your reason for letting the lawn overgrow in the first place.

If you went on a vacation and just came back to find out that your lawn is now overgrown, then you can just call a lawn maintenance company to cut it for you.

Obviously, for them to be a lawn maintenance company, they have a lot of experience and know how to cut several types and sizes of lawns.

On the other hand, if it was your lawn maintenance company that failed you in the first place, then you may have to take matters into your own hand and cut your lawn by yourself.

However, even though you might have some experience cutting lawns before, an overgrown lawn is a different beast entirely.

Cut it improperly, and you might end up killing it instead of saving it.

Hence, if you don’t already know how to, you’re going to have to learn how to do it the right way. Continue reading to learn how.

Plan and schedule the cuts

Because your lawn is overgrown doesn’t mean you should go out there to cut it down when it’s wet and rainy outside.

Do that, and you risk exposing your lawn to bacteria and diseases which might eventually damage or kill it. You don’t want that to happen.

You want optimal weather conditions comprising sunny and warm days. You want to be cutting a dry lawn not a wet one.

Check the weather forecast, and make sure you’re going to have up to a month of warm weather, because your overgrown lawn is going to need several days to cut it down properly.

Of course, you can just go in and hack everything down to the height you want your lawn to be, but if you do that, it’s almost certain that you’ll spend the next few days watching your grass die off due to shock.

That’s why the approach we want to follow here is a gentle one, rather than a tough one. Cutting too much from the grass at once will suddenly deprive it of the nutrients it needs to survive.

So, you want to gradually start by cutting away about 50 percent of the current height of the grass. Just 50 percent, nothing more.

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cutting an overgrown lawn with a string trimmer

Pick the right equipment

If you have an overgrown lawn to deal with, the first equipment you need to make the first cut is not a lawn mower.

Starting with a lawnmower can actually damage the lawn mower because the grass is very long and can tangle with the blades, preventing it from spinning and subsequently causing the engine or motor to overheat.

The equipment you need instead is a string trimmer or brush cutter depending on if there are weeds and shrubs in the grass or not.

Make the first cut

Equipped with your string trimmer or brush cutter, you’re ready to make your first cut. Now, all you have to do is cut away 50 percent of the current height of the grass, and allow approximately 2 to 4 days after the first cut for the grass to recover.

Make the second cut

Now, you just have to repeat what you did when you made the first cut. At this stage, you can cut the grass up to 6 inches tall, and then allow it to recover for a few days to prepare it for the next step.

mowing overgrown lawn

It’s time to get your lawn mower

At this height, you can now go into your shed and get your lawn mower to finish the cutting. You still want to be gentle here.

Adjust your mower so that it cuts away only 1/3 of the height of the grass. Ensure to mow with overlapping passes if you want it to be uniform and level.

After mowing with your lawn mower, water it deeply and allow it to rest for a few days to recover.

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Continue mowing with your lawn mower

Now you just need to keep mowing with your lawn mower every 3 to 5 days removing just 1/3 of the height of the grass until you’re satisfied with the height of the grass.

Having a rebotic lawn mower available will make this stage extremely easy, because you just have to schedule it to mow the lawn every 3 or 4 days, and it will cut the grass uniformly too without your intervention.

After each mowing, remember to water the lawn and allow it to rest and recover. Follow these steps, and you’ll be able to get your overgrown lawn back in shape again.

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