When you get done mowing your lawn, get down on your knees and take a quick peek at the blades of grass up close. What do you see?
Are you seeing the cut ends of the blades of grass looking chewed and torn looking like this?
Chewed and torn grass blades means that your mower blades need sharpening for sure.
You are looking at bluegrass blades, but the test works for all turf type lawns.
Notice in the picture that the grass plants are going to seed. Those little seed stems are tougher than the grass blades themselves and will dull your blade quickly.
That is why usually May or June is a wonderful time to get a new sharpened edge on your mower blade to cleanly slice through the grass blades and seed stems clean and simple.
Sharp mower blades leave behind a clean cut without any white and torn ends showing, and the lawn looks so improved.
Safety first as always, be careful to disconnect the spark plug and wear heavy gloves to safely remove the blade for sharpening. Then, careful to put your sharpened blade back on the correct way and tighten properly.
Enjoy the smooth and even cut until September when you may want to repeat.