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Can I get lazy sharpening blades late in the season??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by casey, Oct 22, 2001.

  1. casey

    casey Guest
    Messages: 0

    Does it really matter anymore. The grass will go dormant soon & I'd like to skip a sharpening cycle. Can I?
  2. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    Sure you can. . . . . . . . .

    But, I discourage mowing new grass seedlings with dull blades, the sharper the better to cut the grass without pulling or tearing on the blades.
  3. casey

    casey Guest
    Messages: 0

    Will it make any difference in the spring?
    I'd like to sleep in.
  4. cos

    cos LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,253

    We forgive you!
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Yes, it makes a difference. Leaving the end of the blade torn and not healing the way it should ALWAYS opens it up to potential for disease and fungus problems. A good question would be why wouldn't you want nice clean blades for cleanup. They make a world of difference on leaves.;)
  6. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    sounds like you want to retire early this year? pay somebody to sharpen them instead if you dont want to. unless you mean, you physically dont want to change them. skip them if you must.
  7. dhicks

    dhicks Member
    Messages: 770

    IMHO the most important cuts of the year are the first and last cut. I'd sharpen those blades. Just think, you will not need to sharpen come spring if you do it now.
  8. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,087

    Actually, one of the best things you can do for the lawn this time of year is turn your blades upside down. Sometimes its even sharper than right side up if they had a rough week, ya know?
  9. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Casey, you've been talking about grinding leaves, well sharp blades help in grinding them up better. I would advise continuing on with the cycle.
  10. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    I think sharp blades in the fall are more important that any time. Leaves are ground better, grass is going to root building and bruising now hurts the plant more than spring, because the plant is then growing and will heal and grow out of any damage we can do to it with dull blades.

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