Lawns are often the main priority for homeowners when it comes to gardening. It is the space where kids play after school, where summer barbeques take place and where homeowners can relax out of doors. For these reasons, most people want a lawn that they can be proud of. With this in mind, mowing your lawn in the right way is essential to ensure that your garden is healthy and looks luscious. Many people don’t realise this, but it is not just how often you mow your lawn but also at what height it is cut that effects its attractiveness. Cutting your grass isn’t simply a case of getting the lawn mower out of the shed and hacking away; there are a number of things to think about if you want to mow your lawn most effectively.
How often should you mow your lawn?
This is the question that is on most gardeners’ lips and there has been some debate as to how frequent is too frequent. There is no set answer to this question and it often depends on how quickly your lawn grows. The level of your grass growth can be determined by grass type, what season it is and how much water the lawn is getting. Needless to say, some grasses grow at a higher speed during different seasons, so it is a good idea to find out what your grass type is so you can plan your mowing schedule accordingly. This is important to know because you don’t want to mow your lawn too short, which can happen if you mow unnecessarily. Keep an eye on the seasonal changes and how quickly your grass is growing and adjust how often you mow accordingly. It may be that you have to mow once a week or once every three weeks, depending on what stage.
What is the right grass height?
As well as how often you mow, you also need to be thinking about how high your are cutting your grass. Whilst this is a small thing to consider, it has a big impact on how attractive and healthy your lawn is. If you mow your lawn too short, it can create problems such as weed growth and pest infestation. It can also reduce the level of nutrients that are necessary for new grass to grow. The general rule of thumb is to never mow your lawn shorter than two inches. Additionally, you should never mow more than a third of the plants blade height. Cutting your grass too short is known as ‘scalping’ and you will notice you are scalping your lawn if your lawn mower is constantly choked by long grass. If you do find yourself mowing your lawn too short or if your lawn mower doesn’t have height settings, a good idea is to invest in grass mats for your garden. These act as a barrier and ensure that you never damage the blades whilst mowing. They are also good for reducing mud problems during rainy periods and also protect essential garden creatures like earthworms.
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