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Mowing - tips and advice

Lawn Mowing seems very straight forward, when the grass is long you cut it. However, there is more to take into account than just the length of the grass. For example; what time of year are you cutting the grass? Has the lawn been wet for a period of time, or conversely has it been dry and under stress, and even what type of grass do you have?

Here we have included a few helpful tips on how to successful mow your grass, to keep you lawn in prime condition.

Lawn Mowing

  • Raise height for the start of spring – e.g. 1½”
  • Lower the height as things warm in spring – e.g. ¾”
  • Raise again for summer if dry – e.g. 1½”
  • Lower again as growth picks up in early autumn – e.g. ¾”
  • Raise again for the last few cuts of the year – e.g. 1½”

Guideline mowing heights

  • Ornamental lawns with no rye grass – ⅜ to ¾ inch or 1 to 2 cm
  • Low use lawns with or without rye grass – ¾ to 1½ inches or 2 to 4 cm
  • Heavy use rye grass lawns – 1 to 2 inches or 2.5 to 5 cm
  • Shady areas add 50% to the lawn mowing height
  • Slopes dry faster so if possible add 50% to the height

If you have moss in your lawn mow at least ½” above moss height

In times of stress – extremely wet or very hot and/or dry then mow as high as possible.

If in doubt, mow high.

Gently does it

When making adjustments to the mowing height do so in stages, particularly when lowering the height. If two stops on your height setting are needed to go from summer height to early autumn height then mow one setting lower for two cuts then make the final lowering adjustment.

You should only lower the height if this will not stress the mower; therefore the grass should not be too long or wet. Sometimes, particularly if the lawn is dense, you may need to do a cut on your present setting followed by a cut at the lower height a day or two later; this is a sign of a healthy and well maintained lawn.

Posted by Simon in on April 25, 2016