Remember that mowing is pruning and therefore care and attention to the fundamentals is paramount to getting the best results.
Proper mowing increases the density, appearance and health of a lawn. Follow our mowing tips to ensure a beautiful healthy lawn.
A great tip to remember to is the 1/3 rule — never remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade length at any one time.
While a healthy lawn can survive an occasional close cut, repeated close mowing produces a brown lawn and has several harmful side effects, including:
- Break up and damage to the crown (this is where the new growth generates and essential nutrients for your lawn are stored)
- Damage to surface area of the grass blade, which can render it unable to produce food that is required for regeneration
- Weeds may be allowed the sunlight required for them to germinate, and therefore more will appear
- Risk of soil compaction
Also remember to:
- Mow when the grass is dry
- Avoid mowing your lawn in the heat of the day (try and stick to mowing in the early morning or late afternoon)
- Keep your mower blades sharp and clean as damaged ones may kill your grass blades
- Change the mowing pattern each time you mow
- Avoid mowing your lawn backwards - always cut your lawn in a forward motion
- Leave clippings on the lawn as this will return nutrients to the lawn and recycyle
- Consider using a mulching mower
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or queries.