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Published on July 31st, 2013 | by Jeff Linderman


What your lawn is trying to tell you about your mower

Common lawn problems may be red flags about lawn mower problems.

Pay attention to your lawn and make adjustments to your equipment to improve the health and appearance of your yard and avoid costly equipment repairs.

If your lawn has a widespread yellow hue across the top…

Dry grass blades

Possible outdoor power equipment problem: Dull lawn mower blade. Dull mower blades tear grass, rather than cut the way sharp blades do. This results in yellow-tipped grass  and a collective yellowing over the top of the lawn.

Now what: Replace the lawn mower blade. It’s inexpensive and an easy DIY job.

Related post: Lawn mower blades 101



If your lawn has repeated pest problems such as grubs, despite fertilizer application…

Dry patches on lawn - small

Possible outdoor power equipment problem: Lawn mower is set to an improper lawn mower cutting height or you’re simply mowing too frequently. If your lawn is always cut short, it’s more likely to become diseased. Grass grows through photosynthesis so the longer the blades, the more energy is available to obtain nutrients for healthy root systems.

Now what: Adjust your lawn mower’s mowing height. It varies by grass type but the general rule of thumb is to set your lawn mower to a two to three-inch mowing height. Ideally, it should be set to ensure cutting just one third of grass blade length in a single mowing. This will foster a much greener, healthier lawn.

Another possible cause: The lawn could also be watered too often without deep saturation. In most parts of North America, lawn watering should happen only once weekly but the water should flow for a lengthy period to allow for deeper saturation.



If your lawn has brown stripes…

Possible outdoor power equipment problem: Lawn mower is set to an improper lawn mower cutting height.

Now what: The mowing height will need to be adjusted. “Scalping,” as it’s known in the landscaping industry, is the equivalent of a lawn buzzcut.


RepairClinic has replacement parts and maintenance products  for outdoor power equipment including lawn mowers, small engines, string trimmers, edgers, pole pruners,  chainsaws, hedge trimmers, tillers, leaf blowers and others. Click here to enter your lawn mower’s model number for a list of parts and maintenance products.

Related information

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Things to consider when shopping for a new push lawn mower

How to create a cool mowing pattern on your lawn

Eight simple ways to earn a healthy lawn

What to do if your lawn mower won’t start

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About the Author

Jeff Linderman is’s in-house outdoor power equipment and landscaping expert. For 25 years, Jeff owned and operated a successful commercial and residential landscaping business. He couldn’t afford the extensive downtime that came when he brought his equipment to be repaired at overloaded small engine repair shops. Instead, Jeff learned how to complete the repairs on his own. This interest in outdoor power equipment grew as Jeff completed extensive manufacturer training. Today, Jeff is a Briggs & Stratton® Master Service Technician, Kohler® Engines Expert Technician and a Kawasaki® Service Technician for Engines and Power Products. He has a B.A. in criminal justice from Michigan State University. Jeff worked for 25 years as a sergeant in the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department while he operated his landscaping business. He’s an avid fisherman and lives in the metro-Detroit area.

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