5 tips for better mowing

5 tips for better mowing

5 tips for better mowing

5 tips for better mowing
There’s nothing quite as nice as the smell of freshly cut grass and the sight of a neatly trimmed lawn, but could you be mowing better?

Our 5 quick tips will help you bring your mowing to the next level!

Mow at the right height

Lawns have lots of different purposes – sometimes they are for family and friends to run wild on, and other times they are just for show. A lawn that gets a lot of use needs to be cut at a higher height than a fine lawn, as it will become stressed more easily. For a lawn that gets a lot of use, you should aim to mow at 20-40mm. If your lawn is fine and doesn’t see much traffic, you can cut it shorter at 10-20mm if you wish. This will help you achieve the bowling green look – and if you mow it with a mower that has a rear-roller, you can get those standout stripes too!

… And adjust it when needed

Recommended mowing heights are a great guide for in-season mows, but for the first mow of the season (Spring) and the last mow of the season (Autumn) regardless of what type of lawn have you should always mow on the highest setting of your lawnmower. This also applies to when weather begins to get hotter, as longer grass can tolerate warmer temperatures.

Stay sharp

Blunt mower blades will ruin your mowing and can also leave damaged grass even more vulnerable to disease. You may notice that your mowing is uneven in height or even some yellowing with blunt blades. To keep your mower and your lawn in good condition, it’s best to take your mower to get serviced so that this doesn’t become an issue. Do not attempt to sharpen mower blades by yourself.

Know when not to mow

Sometimes the best sign of good lawncare is knowing when to stop! We love a freshly cut lawn as much as the next person, but its best to leave your mower behind when there is a drought or heatwave. Likewise, knowing when to wind down your mowing in winter can make a real difference to the health of your lawn. Towards November time, your grass growth will start to slow down considerably – so there is less need to mow your lawn if at all. Aim for your last mow of the season in mid-to-late October depending where you are in the UK. This is also a great time to get your mower serviced!

Collect your clippings

This can be quite the job if you have a large lawn, but you should always collect the clippings from your lawn. In some instances, lawn clippings may be used to naturally feed your lawn, but unless you are a professional – we’d recommend removing these entirely. If too many clippings are left on the lawn for too long, they can do quite the opposite of making your lawn look better and can instead encourage disease and fungi. You don’t have to get rid of them entirely however, you can add them to a compost pile if you have one or use them as mulch for your other garden flora.

For more information on how to mow your lawn, click here.