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

  • 3
  • Question
  • Updated 1 year ago
  • Answered
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.
Photo of John

John

  • 2,016 Points 2k badge 2x thumb

Posted 1 year ago

  • 3
Photo of Blue Angel

Blue Angel, Champion

  • 163,484 Points 100k badge 2x thumb
Official Response
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. :-)
Photo of szwoopp

szwoopp, Champion

  • 67,080 Points 50k badge 2x thumb
That is good to hear Blue.  Currently working on reviving the grass at my house which we purchased last August.  Been doing a lot of fertilizing, large area seeding, overseeding, and watering.  I look forward to the future and less watering.  (although I did just get a new sprinler that helped tremendously.  Like all jobs, getting the right tool makes the job easier.  Still I would prefer to leave the sprinkler and hose unused.)
Photo of Blue Angel

Blue Angel, Champion

  • 163,484 Points 100k badge 2x thumb
A good sprinkler can certainly help for seeding too... gotta keep-em moist until they establish some roots. A water timer would be great when seeding larger areas.
Photo of szwoopp

szwoopp, Champion

  • 67,080 Points 50k badge 2x thumb
A lower cutting height may help as others have commented that the vacuum power diminishes with either blade as the cut height increases.
Creating additional vacuum which would stand up the grass better is part of what the HL blade is designed for, so that may help as well.
Photo of bloomz

bloomz

  • 11,828 Points 10k badge 2x thumb
Yes it does.
Photo of Art Zasadny

Art Zasadny

  • 1,416 Points 1k badge 2x thumb
Yes, i have noticed that the High Lift blade pulls my sod up and cuts it cleaner and neater than the stock blade. I hope your results are as positive as mine!!