Unless you want to end up with a meadow, which might be better for the birds and the bees, but not for your wife, you’re going to have to mow the lawn.
Effective mowing is the key to a healthy lawn, so it’s worth making sure you take the time to do it properly. Each cut helps ensure a luxurious green lawn.
Here are my top ten tips for mowing your lawn effectively.
Service your mower regularly
If your mower has chipped or blunt blades, this will seriously affect the cut quality. Without sharp blades its impossible to get a clean cut, so you will have straw coloured grass tips, and bruised grass.
Only cut one third of the length
If you chop off more than a third of the length of the gras, thne you are runnigng the risk of damanging the health of the grass – making it more prone to disease and weed infestaton.
Cut every two weeks in spring
The grass needs cutting less frequently in early spring as it is grows more slowly at this time of year. Cutting it fortnightly is fine until the weather warms up in late spring, at which point you will need to swtich to weekly or bi weekly mowing.
Cut every week in summer
If you don’t mow every week in the summer, then you will end up with a meadow – and you’ll have to cut off more than one third of the grass’ height to keep it looking neat.
Get the grass height right
Most lawn grass can be kept healthy at around 2.5 – 4cm tall, but if its in an area of high wear – on a path or perhaps just outside the house – then leave it a little longer, at around 4-5cm. In shade, you can leave it longer still, at 7-8cm.
Mow on dry days
Avoid cutting when the grass or ground is wet – the mower will smear into the soil, the grass clippings will clump, and the blade won’t give a clean cut on the grass.
Avoid newly sown areas
Don’t start mowing newly sown patches of lawn until the grass reaches 4cm tall.
Compost the clippings – or spread them on the lawn
You can dispose of your grass clippings in the green bin, like most people, or compost them – one step better, or even leave them on the lawn. Doing this in the summer can help the lawn to retain moisture, and allow some of the nutrients to reenter the soil. A mulching mower can make this easier.
Trim the edges
The look of a well-kept lawn is all in the edges. Overgrown lawn edges look unsightly, and can make an otherwise well-cared for garden look untidy.