You may be a seasoned pro, or someone using a lawn mower for the first time. Either way, there are right and wrong ways of going about this. Here are 7 top tips to help you nail it, the correct way!
1. Adjust your height to the top setting
It is important to begin cutting your grass at around the top third of i’s blade. Adjust your setting too high to support the root of your newly mowed grass. This will encourage a deeper root anchor and encourage your grass system to find the necessary water and nutrients that are in the soil for it to flourish. If you cut too closely you will scalp the lawn and force the re-growth. This will compromise the root system and make your lawn more susceptible to weeds.
There are some exceptions to the rule. You will find that the majority of grass species prefer the above method. However, zoysiagrass and centipedegrass will respond better to a middle to low setting. Bermudagrass and creeping bentgrass require the lowest possible setting.
2. Make Sure Its Dry
Don’t attempt to tackle a wet or damp lawn. Let it dry out as this can give you an irregular and unattractive cut. Clippings can block your mower system and dump them at random intervals, resulting in a less than perfect presentation. Just be a little patient and let it dry!
3. Lawns Like Variety
Change the direction or pattern each time you mow. The lawns will love you for it because you will be helping to lessen compacting soil. Grass prefers to lean in the direction you mow, so this will give you a much more polished finish.
4. Don’t be a Lawn Mowing Control Freak
Love your lawn. Give it a break every now and then mow only when necessary, respecting its grass type, surrounding conditions, and seasonal growth spurts. Sometimes it will be each week, while other times, such as high summer, it may only be once every couple of weeks.
5. Let a New Lawn Settle In
New seedlings need to be given a good chance to achieve their first mowing height. Remember to stick to the one third rule and set your moving high. Aggressive moving can have an adverse effect and land you with shocked and stressed grass, resulting in stunted and irregular growth.
6. Grass Clippings Are your Friend
If you mow at the suggested height, you will not need to use a catcher and this will give nutrients, such as nitrogen, back to the ground. If you do use a catcher, consider tossing them neatly back onto the lawn as mulch fertilizer. However, don’t do this if you have used chemical products to control your weeds for at least one year.
7. Keep Sharp
Just like hair dressing scissors, mower blades perform best when they are sharp, producing a clean, crisp, manicured cut. Blunt blades will only tear the grass and this may cause a greyish discolouration.