Mowing the lawn
Mowing the lawn is not only aesthetically pleasing, it’s also an essential part of maintaining a healthy lawn. So, for a lush, green, durable lawn, read on for Paynes Turfs’ top tips on mowing the lawn this spring.
How often should I mow the lawn?
Mowing the lawn is very weather-dependent. During the growing season, when there is lots of sunshine and adequate rainfall, you will probably have to mow your lawn once a week. However, during the hot, dry summer months it may not be necessary to mow the lawn more than once every couple of weeks. Likewise, after heavy rainfall you may need to mow the lawn more than once a week.
As a general rule:
- Spring and autumn – mow the lawn once a week
- Summer – mow twice a week, or less than once a week if the weather is very warm
- Winter – mow occasionally or whenever you think the grass needs tidying up.
The best guide is to cut the lawn whenever the grass is looking like it needs mowing.
How short should I cut the grass?
Set the mower on the highest setting for the first cut of the year, and then gradually reduce the height each time you cut the lawn. As a general rule, 4cm is a good length for a lawn, however if you have a fine lawn you may wish to reduce the cutting height down to around 2cm.
However, always follow the general rule of grass cutting – never cut off more than a third off the top of the grass blades at any one time.
How do I mow the lawn?
To mow a lawn correctly, follow our guide:
- Select the correct cutting height on the lawnmower.
- Clear any debris from the lawn – stones, branches, bottles etc could get caught up in the mower blades.
- Mow the lawn up and down, walking at a brisk pace, and overlap 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 on the compost heap.
Top mowing tips
- Never cut off more than a third off the top of the grass blades.
- Only mow when the grass is dry.
- Keep mower blades sharp.
- Mow early and often – try to cut the grass as soon as the morning dew has dried, and mow once a week (if necessary) to keep the grass healthy.
- Mow in different directions each time you mow so that the grass blades don’t grow in the same direction.
- Don’t cut your lawn too short as it could weaken the grass, as well as encourage shallow rooting, cause bald patches, and expose the lawn to drought.