How To Mow Your Lawn

Mowing is the most important maintenance task to achieve a healthy lawn.

 

Importance Of Mowing:

  • Encourages new growth
  • Thickens the lawn
  • Encourages a healthier root system
  • Helps crowd out weeds
  • Reduces the likelihood of disease damage

 

Spring & Summer – Ideally mowing should be carried out at 3-4 day intervals during the growing season, however this is often difficult to achieve and in most cases mowing weekly is more realistic. Mowing is one of the keys to having a lawn with dense growth. Every time you cut the grass, it encourages the plant to produce more shoots, so the more you cut, the thicker your lawn will be. During the spring and summer months the mowing height should be around 1” in good growing conditions.

 

However, during very dry conditions, raising the height to 1.5-2” will help the grass survive dry weather better as more leaf length helps to reduce stress and aid moisture retention by self shading.

 

Remember to keep the mower blades sharp for best results.

 

Autumn & Winter – “When should I stop mowing?” is a question we get asked very often. Some lawn guides advocate stopping mowing between the end of October and the beginning of April, but with our variable seasons, we do not think that is the best approach. We advise mowing as long as the lawn is still growing and the soil is firm enough to support the mower without damaging the lawn. Set the mower at a higher than normal setting and try and cut in the afternoon when the lawn is at its driest.

 

In Summary:

  • Mow at least once a week for best results.
  • Never mow more than one third off the length at any one time.
  • Raise the mower height during hot/dry conditions.
  • Mowing height in Spring & Summer 1-1.5 inches.
  • Mowing height in Hot/Dry conditions 1.5-2 inches.
  • Mowing height in Autumn & Winter 2-2.5 inches.