Spring Lawn Cutting Tips

It’s May and your lawn grasses will have started growing, as the soil warms up, and your mowing needs to start in earnest. Regular mowing is a vital part of lawn care. A quick whiz with a sharp and well-adjusted mower will only take you a few minutes if you do the job every week. Mowing as often as you are able will encourage the fine grasses and allow the grass enough energy to thicken up to be an area to be proud of.

Lawn cutting can be simplified into the following rules:

  • Never more than 1/3rd off in any one cut
  • Mow frequently – weekly is best when the lawn is actively growing
  • Check your mower regularly for cutting height and blade sharpness

Regardless of your mowers cutting action being Cylinder, Rotary or Hover, the principles remain the same.

The 'One Third Rule’

Never remove more than one third of the grass blade on any one mowing. Therefore, if your lawn mower is set for a 3cm (1 ”) cut then you must mow at or before the grass gets to 4cm (1 ½”) whether that’s 4 days or 8 days between cuts.

Regardless of the mowing height, we recommend never leave your lawn more than 10 to 14 days between cuts.

The chances are in summer you won’t need to cut the grass much, if it is very dry, as there will be little growth. However, don’t go over two weeks between cuts, because some weed grasses will take advantage of the lack of lawn mowing and spread or seed profusely.

Why Mow Little and Often?

For many of us little and often means once a week. This will produce a much denser and more aspirational turf, than if your grass cutting is every two weeks.

A dense turf is the best looking and a great form of natural weed control as it prevents weed seeds from contact with the soil. If the seed doesn't contact the soil then there is a very good chance that no weed grows; perfect!

If I don’t follow these rules, what happens?

Thin patchy lawns are often the result of infrequent mowing or removing too much of the grass when you cut. Mow infrequently AND mow short and before long you won't have a lot of lawn left to mow!

Greener Gardens are able to help with all your seasonal lawncare needs including weed and pest control. Contact us on 0115 837 8439 or visit us www.greenergardens.co.uk

 

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