How to mow the lawn
Did you know that mowing a lawn is the best way to encourage strong, healthy growth of the grass? Sounds like an easy way to achieve a luscious lawn, but it’s important to know that you must mow correctly in order to get the best results. Find out how to mow with expert tips from Essex turf grower and supplier, Paynes Turf.
Get the cutting height right
It’s vital to get the cutting height right so that you don’t scalp the lawn. Cutting the lawn too short will leave it susceptible to exposure from the sun, meaning dead patches could appear. In addition, if the soil is too hard it could discourage the movement of earthworms beneath the soil, which in turn could cause compaction problems because the worms will be unable to aerate the soil.
For the first cut of the year, aim to set the mower blades on the highest setting. This will help to ensure that the grass plants aren’t affected by stress. With each subsequent cut, lower the blades slightly until you reach the desired cutting height.
In summer mow the lawn between 13 and 25mm in height.
In spring and autumn mow the lawn up to 40mm in height.
How to mow guide
Mowing a lawn is a simple process but one that must be undertaken correctly to get the best results:
- Select the correct cutting height on the lawnmower.
- Clear any debris from the lawn – stones and twigs could get caught up in the mower blades.
- Mow the lawn up and down, walking at a brisk pace, overlapping the previously mown section by around 10cm.
- To mow around a flowerbed, circle the bed in one direction, then in the opposite direction.
- Gather the clippings and place them on the compost heap or in a garden waste bin.
Here’s our top five tips on mowing:
- Never cut off more than a third off the top of the grass blades at any one time.
- Never mow the lawn when the grass is wet.
- Always keep mower blades sharp.
- Always mow across a slope, never up and down (except when mowing with a sit-on mower).
- Always mow early and often – try to cut the grass as soon as the morning dew has dried, and mow once a week to keep the grass healthy.
- Always mow in different directions each time you mow so that the grass blades don’t grow in the same direction.
- Never cut your lawn too short as it can weaken the grass, will encourage shallow rooting, cause bald patches, and expose the lawn to drought.