Before firing up the lawn mower make sure you adjust the height of your deck to 3 to 4 inches for ideal lawn height.
This height will provide more shade, deeper roots, thicker turf and retain more moisture. This will result in less watering and fewer weed growth which promotes a healthier lawn.
Once you have adjusted the mower deck, you might want to leave the grass catcher off and use mulching blades instead.
This will have a two fold effect which means there will be less grass to clean up and precious nutrients will be given back to the lawn. Also reducing the need for fertilizer.
Unless you are running a lawn service company you should be sharpening your blades every 6 to 12 months. Cutting your grass with dull blades will leave a tan or brown cast to the lawn after mowing. Torn grass blades are also more likely to get infected with a fungus.
Your lawn care cutting schedule will be different depending on where you live. Here in the Seminole County area of Winter Springs, Winter park, Casselberry the ideal lawn maintenance would be to cut the lawn every week in the summer months and every other week in the winter months.
The only exception to this is if you have a Bahia lawn with no sprinkler system and we have a dry winter then only cut when you have a few inches of growth.
This will provide less stress on the grass and keep your lawn looking fresh. Waiting to many weeks and letting your lawn become overgrown will cause massive shock to the grass when you go to cut it.
The easiest thing to remember is to cut high and let lie and you will be on your way to a healthier lawn.