There’s something more to cutting grass than just, well, cutting it. It can be preparation, maintaining your tools, and knowing how much to cut the grass by each time. There’s much more to getting a healthy looking lawn than just going blind with the cutting. So we came up with a quick 8 tips for cutting grass let’s have a look…
- Get your first cut of the year right
- Service your mower regularly
- Cut fortnightly in Spring
- Trim weekly in Summer
- Adjust the height on the mower
- Cut by a third each time
- Clean the mower after each use
- Overlap each run slightly as you run up and down
Get the First Cut of 2021 Right
It’s fairly well known that the first cut should be around 28th March. It is, however, likely that you have been out cutting the lawn already due to lockdown and work restrictions but this is just the ideal early spring date to start if you haven’t already.
You don’t have to cut the entire lawn at this point – you can always leave some a little ‘messy’ so wildlife aren’t scared off so quickly and can thrive for a little longer. With this in mind you might find small corners that you don’t mind leaving a little unkempt.
Service Your Mower Regularly
By taking the right care and servicing your lawn mower it will last years. Oil mowers need regular care and it’s often difficult to know how much an oil change will make a difference. Oil filters and engine filters should ideally be replaced every year during heavier use such as through Spring and Summer.
You can expect to have more servicing to tools like leaf blowers and edge strimmers.
Cut Fortnightly During the Spring
Grass tends to grow quite rapidly during late Spring and during the Summer months so fortnightly in the early part of the year helps to keep the grass looking healthy. This also avoids finding the brown grass underneath if you keep cutting to a decent level. Cutting by a third can reduce the chance of ending up finding a dried lawn and ruining the look.
Trim Weekly in Summer
Reducing build up of thatch which intertwines with grass means during summer the ideal thing to do is cut the lawn on a weekly basis. With a good rule to follow being don’t cut more than a third of the height, the lawn should continue looking healthy during summer especially if you are able to water it during these hot months. It is important that mowing too often can also be unhealthy, especially if the lawn is cut too short each time – this is when you may get the brown grass blades showing through which will ruin all your hard work.
Adjust the Height on the Mower
Sitting up to around 3.5 inches, each wheel (back and front) should be set at the same height otherwise it’s difficult to realise the actual height you are cutting at. If your lawn is on a slightly rough terrain or has holes and dips throughout, a high wheel lawn mower should be a good choice. Because the wheels have a larger diameter they make it easier to control the mower over rolling terrain, although the mower itself will be slightly heavier for turning at the end of each stretch.
Cut by a Third Each Time
In general terms, the shorter a lawn is cut the more often it has to be done. That said, however, if the grass blades are cut too short nutrients can be removed and the grass can become unhealthy. Try cutting tall – by a third of the height each time. This will reduce the chance of revealing brown blades of grass which are produced as the underneath layer of grass is slightly shaded. So shaving the top off the grass should retain its healthy look and keep the important nutrients the grass needs to survive.
Clean the Mower After Each Use
A simple bit of maintenance can mean that your lawn mower may last many years. By simply checking underneath after each use (when the mower is switched off of course!) and removing any clogged grass and cleaning the blades will help avoid the decaying grass from eating at the metal components. Try using a damp cloth rather than hosing the mower so that you avoid getting the engine wet.
Overlap Each Run as You Move up and Down the Lawn
Make straight runs as much as possible and overlap each one. This way you will avoid missing blades of grass and you won’t have to keep going back over, messing up your neat lines. As a rule of thumb, so you don’t miss grass blades, overlap by around two to four inches.
Just having a little bit of an idea on how to manage your lawn you can enjoy a healthy looking area of garden and nice clean tools after each use.