Does the new high lift blade help pull up matted down grass?

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I've been using the 21 inch Ego self-propelled mower for about a month and a half now. I'm noticing that a lot of the grass is starting to look matted down even though I change my mowing pattern (I use 4 different mowing patterns and rotate them) and so I'm not always putting the mower tracks in the same place. I think with gas-powered mowers, they must suck the grass up better to a standing position before cutting it, because I never noticed a matting problem before. Does anyone else have the same matted grass problem? Has anyone tried the new high lift blade and seen if it pulls up bent over grass to a standing position in order to cut it, better than the standard Ego blade? I'm wondering also if my matting problem has something to do with my cutting the grass at such a tall height. I cut it at 4 inches. Perhaps if I cut it at say, 3 inches, that would solve the problem. I'd appreciate any advice you can give me.
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John, the HL blade may help. Others have noted a positive difference.

Generally speaking, lowering the mower will increase lift as well as cutting the grass a little shorter which may keep it from laying over as much.

Personally, even with my previous mower I was not able to cut my grass longer than about 2.5" without it laying over until I started fertilizing. With the grass growing thicker, stronger blades, it stood up better on its own and now I'm cutting at 3.5" no problem, the max height on my 20" Ego mower.

The upside to this? The longer grass is WAY more drought resistant and I no longer need to water, so any money I'm spending on fertilizer is likely coming back in water savings. Not to mention that watering is a PITA, and the lawn looks much better also. :-)