Mowing the grass is an essential part of maintaining a healthy lawn. Frequent mowing will encourage the grass to grow stronger, thicker, and greener, resulting in a beautiful lawn that is hardy, lush and durable. Find out how to mow the lawn correctly with tips from Paynes Turf.
For the first cut of the year it’s vital that the grass is cut at the highest setting on your mower. This will ensure that the grass blades don’t get too much of a shock after laying dormant over the winter period.
Over the next few cuts, lower the blades slightly until the desired height is reached. If you are unsure, follow the general rule of grass cutting – never cut off more than a third off the top of the grass blades.
Summer: Cut the lawn between 13 and 25mm in height.
Spring and autumn: Cut the lawn up to 40mm in height.
How to mow
If you’ve never mown a lawn before, start by following our simple guidelines:
- Select the correct cutting height on the lawnmower.
- Clear any debris from the lawn – stones, branches, bottles etc could get caught up in the mower blades.
- Mow the lawn up and down, walking at a brisk pace, and overlap the previously mown section by around 10cm.
- To mow around a flowerbed, circle the bed in one direction, then in the opposite direction.
- Gather the clippings and place on the compost heap.
Top mowing tips
- Never cut off more than a third off the top of the grass blades.
- Only mow when the grass is dry.
- Keep mower blades sharp.
- Mow across a slope, never up and down (except when mowing with a sit-on mower).
- Mow early and often – try to cut the grass as soon as the morning dew has dried, and mow once a week to keep the grass healthy.
- Mow in different directions each time you mow so that the grass blades don’t grow in the same direction.
- Don’t cut your lawn too short as it can weaken the grass, will encourage shallow rooting, cause bald patches, and expose the lawn to drought.