Mowing tips for an established garden lawn
When mowing your lawn, we recommend never removing more than a third of the growth in one cut, if your lawn has grown too long due to bad weather or time restraints increase the mowing height to the highest setting and work down over a period of a few weeks. This reintroduces the grass to being cut and doesn't stress the plant as much.
As a rule, set the mower blades higher as you enter a dry period and lower as you come out of one.
Avoid cutting your lawn too short, unless you have an ornamental lawn that will tolerate a low cutting height. A lawn cut too short will weaken the grass and encourage weed, disease and moss. This is because the shorter the blade of grass on top the smaller surface area it has to take on sunlight and water therefore creating shorter and weaker roots.
On the other hand, lawns regularly cut too high can suffer from loose, weak growth that is less durable as a surface as the roots don't have to drive down to search for nutrients as there is so much available from the long grass on top.
Try to always remove grass clippings, if left on the lawn they contribute to surface thatch, which in turn encourages moss and just makes your regular scarification that bit harder!
Sharpen or replace your lawn mowers blades regularly, a blunt blade will tear the grass creating a ragged finish and open the leaf to potential disease.
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