rather than sharpening last years blade, i put on a new Toro mulching blade $17, also changed the oil and air filter........scraped out all the old grass stuck under the deck and re-adjusted the height of the mower. I made one pass of the lawn at about 3.5", and still bogged down, this was around 7pm. Next morning I lowered the mower to 2.5" and made another pass. My thinking was that if I cut at 3.5", by the time i'm able to cut again 4-5 days later, the grass is at 4.5" and too long for the mower to handle. I stilll bogged down mulching at 2.5", which i think was due to the left over surface grass from the day before. By the time the rain is done on the east coast, I may be able to cut the grass again next week sometime, which will be about 7 days.......and instead of enjoying mowing the lawn (i like the walk), i'm dreading it.