How To Cut an Overgrown Lawn

Walking to an Overgrown Lawn 

We're all busy people. We have a lot of work to do and might even have some stuff to do away from home. We don't mean to neglect our lawn, but not tending it can make that grass grow tall like a forest.

Now I know that is an exaggeration, but an overgrown lawn can be quite the hassle because it not only makes it hard to move around your property but also because it is very unappealing to the eyes. It's a problem that'll never fix itself, which is why it requires your immediate attention. So without further ado let's find out how to deal with that pesky overgrown lawn.

Start with a Trim and a Mow to Finish 

Charmayne Smith, a writer for a gardening article on HomeGuides addressed this issue in a piece called "How to Cut Overgrown Lawns." It starts with trimming your high grass with a weed trimmer. It's not mentioned but it's very back-breaking work so be ready.

After the initial trim, wait a few days for the grass to repeat itself. You should continue to trim after three or four days until it reaches at least 6 to 8 inches high. Every trimming session you do should have some time in between so you can allow the lawn to grow healthily.

Next, Indiepict recommends you a lawnmower. You should have multiple sessions of mowing the lawn at various heights. In between each mowing session, like the trimming one, you should let the lawn rest for several days. It's best to mow your own in all sorts of directions for each layer so that you have uniform blades of grass in your lawns. It will look messy at first but if you water your lawn deeply after each mowing session when it's low it will all grow evenly and beautiful

Trim, Mow, Trim, Deweed and Replant 

In Dengarden, an online blogging site that posts articles about gardening and landscaping, Thomas E. wrote a piece specifically on how to deal with it. In short, he tells you the simple steps needed to combat this complex problem. To start, you need to prepare yourself. Make sure you're ready when tending to the lawn because it requires a lot of work and a lot of patience. The first step is to use a strimmer or a scythe to remove the top layer of grass.

These tools are really good when your grass is at least a meter tall. Most of the scythes and strimmers use plastic and steel, and can sometimes build up trimmings that can get caught in the tool. Be sure to discard built-up trimmings time to time so the blade can still cut.
If your lawn has been unattended for a really long time, that grass might be tall and heavy enough that is has bent over. You can't have these really long blades of grasses folded over when mowing, which means you need to do multiple laps around the lawn with the scythe.
Thomas advises that you water the lawn completely and leave it alone for some time before doing the second trim. When doing the second trim, you don't need to do the same level of labor because you can just use any commercial lawn mower for it.
When it comes to what mower to use, you should use a gas mower for really large and really rough patches of grass. If you have a small yard then it's better to just use an electric mower. When it comes to the flower border edges, just use a trimmer to make it look neat instead of mowing it After mowing it, you need to clean your lawn even further by going back to the laborious effect of getting all the moss and weeds off your lawn. You can use a rake to pull them from your yard and then reseed your lawn to fill up those bare patches that weeds took. It will look pretty bad after you've trimmed and cleaned it, but it will grow back to looking beautiful really soon.

Lawnmower Only 

Allyn Hane, a popular gardener youtuber, posted a video on how to mow a tall overgrown lawn. Unlike Thomas' scenario for his steps, Allyn's law wasn't a meter but six inches. Instead of the scythe, he went straight to using the lawnmower.
If you're mowing the lawn, it's going to take a while to make sure the weather is cool and you have enough energy (especially if you have a big lawn).
When using your lawnmower, make sure you raise it to the highest setting. All lawn mowers have height adjustments for varying lengths of grass. Be sure you choose the highest setting that is appropriate for your overgrown lawn.
When mowing it, don't worry about patterns. You want to just cut it short so worry about making it look good after you're done trimming and mowing it all. After you've done your first lap around, measure the height of the grass, then adjust the height of your lawn mower again and then do another lap When doing the second lap, Hane recommends that you go the opposite way when doing the second layer. When going the opposite way, he means that if you go left to right in the first layer, you should go top to bottom of your lawn for the second layer.


That should be all the information you need to tend to that pesky lawn. We all don't hate our lawn, but we are all busy people. We have a lot of work to do and sometimes we can't always be home. In your lifetime, you will definitely encounter an overgrown lawn several times, so it is best that you know how to do it properly.

After you've done all the steps for whatever method you chose, you can lay back and see your neatly trimmed lawned. Be sure to maintain your lawn regularly so you don't have to come back to the fiasco of an overgrown lawn within several weeks.


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