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Help & Advice

Mowing Tips & Advice

When

  • Over summer: Ideally mow twice weekly, dropping to once a week during periods of drought. 
  • Over spring and autumn: Mow once a week. 
  • Over winter: Mowing is not usually necessary, unless the weather is mild and the grass is still growing. In this case, mow occasionally with a high cut setting. Do not attempt to do this if the ground conditions are very soft or frozen.
  • Dry and shady areas under trees may need less frequent mowing than areas in full sun with good moisture levels. 
  • Never mow wet or frosty grass, as this can damage the turf and compact the soil. Wait until later in the day when the lawn has dried out or defrosted, or postpone mowing to another day.

How


Mowing itself is a relatively straight forward task. It is the mowing height that can cause problems. Follow these tips to get the correct height:

  • For the first mow of the year in spring, set the cutting height to the highest setting. Thereafter, gradually reduce the height of cut until the desired height is reached. For fine lawns, this can be as low as 13mm (¼-½in). For ordinary ornamental lawns this will be 13-25mm (½-1in) in summer and up to 40mm (1.5in) in spring and autumn. 
  • Avoid excessively close mowing, as although attractive, it can weaken the grass, encouraging shallow rooting and making the lawn more susceptible to drought, weeds and moss. Close-mown lawns need more frequent feeding and watering. Extremely low cutting may scalp the lawn, leaving bare patches where there are bumps or tree roots protruding above the surface. 
  • On the other hand, lawns regularly cut too high can suffer from loose, weak growth that is less durable as a surface. 
  • Ensure that your mower is well maintained, a crucially that the cutting blades are sharpened regularly.


If you are unsure of what height to use, the general guideline is never remove more than one-third of the leaf shoots in any one mow.


Problems


Scalping of the lawn may occur: 

  • On soft ground (when the wheels sink in) 
  • On turns (if they are taken too fast) 
  • If ruts in the lawn form from not varying the direction of cut 
  • If the height of cut is too low 
  • If the lawn surface is uneven, with bumps and hollows. These are best levelled out. 


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