With thoughts of the spring just around the corner, and the promise of outdoor socialising in sight, you may be itching to get the garden “guest ready”.
But, when can I start mowing my lawn?
This is a question I am often asked, my answer...
There is no set date or time of year to commence lawn mowing, in fact there is no rule saying you need to stop mowing throughout the winter at all. My motto is “if the lawn is growing, it needs mowing”.
However there are a couple of important things to consider before you go running to the shed for the lawn mower.
1. Is the lawn clear?
Check your lawn is clear of any children’s toys or winter debris which could damage your lawn mower or get in the way.
2. Is the lawn frozen?
Although it is perfectly acceptable to mow during the cold winter months, you should avoid any traffic on the lawn whilst the ground is frozen; wait for the morning frost to thaw before carrying out any maintenance.
3. Is the ground soft?
As you walk over the lawn, is the ground firm under foot? If the ground is soft or boggy, STOP! Mowing the lawn now can cause damage in many ways, so it is best to wait until the ground is firmer.
4. Is my lawnmower ready?
After all the mowing last year and winter spent in the shed, is your mower clean, serviced and ready to go? The most important thing to check is the blade. Ensure the blade is clean and sharp to leave a clean cut without damaging the grass.
5. How short should I cut my lawn?
Don’t stress your lawn out, by cutting it too short in one mow. Instead gradually reduce the length of your grass with each cut, using the “one third rule”. Never take off more than one third of the grass in one cut.
6. How often should I mow my lawn?
The most important lawn cutting advice you need to remember is “little and often”. Anything from once a fortnight - once (or even twice if you’re keen) a week in the growing months.
Follow these simple steps for lawn mowing and you will be well on the way to having lawn that will be the envy of your neighbours.
Member since: 10th February 2021
Owner/Operator at Greener Gardens Lawncare and busy Mom to a lively little boy at home.
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