The start of the gardening season seems to have arrived later than usual this year. We experienced a cold, rainy March, not to mention the Beast from the East, which has delayed the growth of many plants and vegetables, as well as prevented the lawn from growing at its usual early spring pace.
Now that conditions have improved and it’s truly looking like spring again, we’ve compiled 10 top tips for looking after your lawn this year, so you can nurture a lawn to be proud of!
- Never remove more than one third of the grass length on any one occasion
- If your lawnmower has a roller, change mowing direction at least every month
- You’ll mow straighter if you focus about 10 feet ahead of the mower rather than directly at the wheels
- If the lawn has a ‘silver sheen’ or ‘frayed’ look after mowing, the blade(s) need sharpening
- If the grass is damp or long, slow down your speed when mowing (not the blade speed)
- Repeated grass cutting in the same track will produce ruts and tramlines!
The key when it comes to lawncare is not to be too aggressive with the grass. Cutting it too short, in the same direction every time, or cutting it with blunt blades will damage it and take away vital nutrients and moisture from the roots. Mowing in the same direction every time will not encourage the grass to grow straight and make it harder for air to circulate properly and reach the soil beneath.
- Mow slopes and shady areas one setting higher than the rest of the lawn
- If you are ‘scalping’ the lawn in some places (high spots) raise the mowing height. Scalping means cutting the grass very short, so low that in exposes the stems of the grass blades. There are some instances where scalping the lawn may be done deliberately for different reasons, but often it is accidental and not advised. Scalped areas will often be mossy and/or weedy and can turn yellow
- Don’t worry about cutting the grass to the edges of the lawn; if you do a final cut all the way around the perimeter of the lawn once or twice you’ll get all the end bits and add a ‘professional’ frame to your lawn!
- Grass leans in the direction in which you mow it. Switching up the pattern from week to week encourages grass to grow straighter and healthier
If you do have a lawn that undulates, is on a slope or is on uneven terrain, a hover mower can significantly ease the task of mowing, as it simply glides along on a cushion of air and requires very little effort from the user to push it.
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