Getting on top of your lawn mowing routine is essential for helping to create a beautiful, healthy, low maintenance lawn. Now is a great time to start getting back into the swing of things after a long winter dormancy.
Regular mowing helps keeps weeds down, minimises grubs and makes the lawn less susceptible to disease and promotes healthy coverage by sending nutrients from the grass cuttings back into the soil. Plus a freshly mowed lawn looks and smells great!
Different lawn varieties have different mowing requirements but there are some basic standards. Knowing these fundamentals will make a big difference to the health and appearance of your lawn.
Tip #1 Mow at the right height for your grass type
The proper height for mowing your lawn depends on your grass variety, season and growing conditions. Below is a rough guide for correct mowing heights for our lawn varieties (Spring/Summer guidelines);
Grass Type Lawn Mowing Height
Sir Walter Buffalo 20 - 40mm Nullarbor Couch 12 - 15mm Eureka Kikuyu 12 - 15mm Velvetene 10 - 12mm
Tip #2 Don't mow your lawn too short
Don't mow your lawn too short, as this can put your lawn under extreme stress (unless you are purposely scalping your lawn which we only recommend at the start of Spring). It can leave your lawn looking brown with bare patches on your lawn, and if cut too short regularly, this can seriously deplete the lawns energy reserves and is an open invitation for weeds to invade and seed.
Tip #3 Reduce mowing height gradually
If your lawn is overgrown, gradually reduce it to the correct height over a few mows. Avoid taking too much off the leaf blade in one go as this can stress the grass and it may require additional irrigation to recover. Taking no more then one-third of the blade length each mow is a good general rule.
Tip #4 Mow your lawn regularly
Avoid long periods between mows - regular mowing is best. Keep in mind that your mowing routine may also need to change with the seasons. Sir Walter for example, loves hot summers and will have vigorous growth during this time.
Tip #5 Keep your lawn mower blades sharp
Sounds simple, but keeping your mower well maintained is very important. Sharp blades are crucial for a good cut. Blunt blades tend to tear, rather then cut the lawn.
For more tips and tricks to keep your lawn looking spot on we recommend you visit the Lawn Solutions Australia Website.