Lawns are typically the most labour intensive part of all gardens. If they are done well they look well impressive, a true showpiece for any house, but if they are done poorly they can look bad and represent a house in a bad light. Typically April to September grass is growing vigorously and would require cutting at least once a week.
Best rule of thumb is to try and cut your grass as often as you can. Mowing your lawn regularly will encourage a thicker sward within your lawn, encourage the finer grasses to thrive, reduces the undesirable coarser grasses, and reduce weeds from flowering and seeding. A well maintained lawn will reduce if not eliminate any weed infestation. The chart below is just a basic guide with regards to mowing frequency.
Recommended Mowing Frequency
|March||Every 2 weeks|
|April||Every 10 days|
|May – August||At least once a week|
|September to October||Every 10 days|
|November to February||Top off if weather is mild|
Mower Height Of Cut.
Never cut your lawn too short. Some crazy people believe that by cutting your lawn short this will reduce mowing – it doesn’t. Cutting lawns short will reduce the larger broadleaved weeds becoming established but if your lawn is scalped in places you will just encourage moss and weeds to colonise where grass once stood. The chart below is a guideline with regards to the height of cut. The finer the leaf species within your lawn (ornamental) the lower the height of cut should be. Also the finer leaf lawns require a better quality lawnmower – cylinder mower type, with a rear roller and a grass collection box. Whereas a general purpose lawn that has children or dogs playing on it, you would typically not cut as short and you wouldn’t require a fine cylinder mower to maintain – typically a rotary mower would be sufficient, but if you would like to produce stripes for presentation then you would require one with a rear roller and collection bag.
Never cut more than one third of the length of the leaf blade in one cut.
Early spring, autumn, periods of drought
Late spring and summer
|General Purpose Lawn||3cm (1.5”)||2.5cm (1.0”)|
|Ornamental Lawn||2cm (0.75”)||1.5cm (0.5”)|
Trim the edges
Trimming the edges of your lawn gives a sharp defined edge and a satisfying finishing touch that everyone will comment on. A lawn generally looks far tidier and finished when there is a sharp defined edge. You can use a half moon edging iron at the start of the year to define the edge as typically at the beginning of the year there is more than just the leaf tissue to remove. Long-handled edging shears should be used weekly to maintain a sharp defined edge.
Sharpen the mower blades
If you use a cylinder mower because you wish to achieve a fine quality finish you should sharpen the mower blade annually and replace the bottom blade at the same time. If you use a rotary mower the blade is not worth sharpening as most new blades only cost about £10-£15, replace the blade annually for a sharper cleaner cut. If your mower blades are razor sharp then your lawns grass plants are healthier. Blunt, dull blades rip and tear the plants, leaving the leaf tips shredded and white, therefore starved of chlorophyll.