How to Mow

Regular lawn mowing strengthens your lawn and ensures thicker, healthier growth. Learn how to do it right so you can reap the benefits of a lush lawn for years to come.

Overview: Starter Tips

• Optimum height: 1 ¼ – 2 inches for high-use lawns, ¾ – 1 ¼ inches for ornamental lawns, 2 – 2 ½ inches for shaded lawns.

• Mow the lawn before fertilizing; wait to mow again two weeks after fertilizing.

• Lawns should not be mowed while wet.

• Have the cutting blade sharpened by a professional at least once a year.

Cut lawn edges first, then mow larger areas.

• Mow uneven surfaces across slopes in even strips.

Lawn Care Guide - The Optimal Lawn Height

Need to know the best cutting height to cut for your grass and yard type? What about the best equipment for your needs? Can you mow newly planted grass or a wet lawn? You'll find answers to these questions and more below. Be sure to check out lawn maintenance recommendations for your specific geographical area as certain grasses and climates may have different requirements.


STIHL offers homeowners and professionals the tools they need to create and maintain beautiful outdoor spaces. Choose from high-performing gas equipment, or go for the innovation and convenience of Battery Power. Made by STIHL.

Robotic Mowers

Built for durability and designed for worry-free performance, iMOW® helps ensure the work gets done and your lawn always looks its best. Several models offer LTE connectivity.

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Battery-powered Mowers

Our feature-rich battery-powered lawn mowers offer walk-behind or self-propelled models.

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Zero-Turn Mowers

With 19 models available for homeowners and professionals, STIHL zero-turn mowers are packed with features to help users pursue their perfect cut.
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Battery-powered Trimmers

Lightweight, quiet and convenient, our battery-powered trimmers let you take care of tight spaces and put finishing touches on your lawn.

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Gas Trimmers and Brushcutters

These powerful tools are just the ticket for stubborn weeds, thick grass and heavy brush, bringing you legendary STIHL performance with every pass.

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Every season requires a different approach to lawn care. Here’s a few easy ways you can make the most of each one.


Clear your landscape of leaves and limbs. Fertilize the lawn. Perform your first mow, and mow every week thereafter.


Check the health of your lawn regularly and water as needed. Don’t mow your grass too short.


Remove leaves and debris from the lawn regularly to avoid fungus and mold growth. Mow for the last time when you notice growth has stopped. Apply a fertilizer with potassium.


Keep the lawn clear of heavy debris like fallen branches that could create bare spots. When possible, stay off the grass to allow it to properly rest.


A well-maintained mower is your most important companion if you want a well-groomed lawn. If you use your mower properly, your lawn will thank you too. We recommend that you always use the lawn mower in accordance with the instruction manual for use.

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