So everyone that owns a lawn will have a lawn mower and will at some point have to go and cut the grass.
Some view this as a chore and to others its a passion that results in a well striped lawn. This weeks blog is aimed at all of you who are not so passionate about your lawns but hopefully everybody will be able to take some information from it.
I am sure given the choice we would all choose a lawn that resembled the sporting venues we see on the television, with the beautiful green stripes and lush weed free grass.
However a lot of the problems with our lawns are caused by us and our poor techniques when armed with our lawn mowers.
We can achieve something similar to the above picture at home on our own lawns. It’s just a matter of learning from them and employing new techniques in the domestic environment.
I bet that whilst watching a grass based sport at home on TV you have seen a team of lawnmowers get straight to work after the sporting action has finished. Be it the tennis from Wimbledon, the football at Old Trafford or the Open at St Andrews as soon as the match, game or round is over the green keepers are out to cut the grass. What can we learn from this I hear you ask? Well the first lesson is the frequency of our mowing.
When we cut our lawns the grass plant puts it’s effort into growing sideways. What has this got to do with the sports venues? Well instead of mowing whenever the lawn is looking a little shabby they follow a set schedule of 2-3 cuts a week which as a result of this sideways growth results in a thick lawn. Like your hair, if you cut the top then the sides grow. So remember that the more often we mow the lawn then the thicker our lawns will grow.
Now before we all rush out and cut the lawn everyday, another tip I will share with you is to never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade in one cut. I am not suggesting that we have to take a ruler into the garden to measure how long the grass is. Just bear in mind that to achieve the height you want, during the growing season and with good growing weather you may have to increase the frequency of your cuts from once whenever you fancy it to maybe two cuts a week.
Now you may be tempted to set the lawn mower to its lowest setting so you don’t have to mow so often. The rule of thumb is the lower you cut the lawn the more effort you will have maintaining it.
Remember that the grass blade is where the plant stores all of its water and food so close mowing will result in the pant becoming hungrier and thirstier.
If your lawn is full of weeds or bare patches then the chances are you have your mower height set to low. How to deal with the moss and weeds that will grow into these spaces will be dealt with in another blog.
Another tip that I want to share with you is mulch mowing. New lawn mowers often have the ability to fit something called a “mulch plug”. When fitted, this double cuts the clippings and instead of feeding them into a grass bag or box it lays it back down onto the lawn. Its cut so fine that you cant see it however remember that the leaf blade is made up of 70% water so it has many benefits when left on the surface during growing season. If you don’t have a mulch mower then maybe leave the box off the mower for one cut and replace it for the next one.
Here at Sow Your Seed Gardens we alternate between cutting our customers lawns with a mulching mower and then the more traditional roller mower to produce the stripes.
A poorly cut lawn will quickly result in lots of weed and moss. A lawn cut well will soon have the neighbours saying the grass is greener on the other side.
So our top tips to take away from this weeks blog:
- Mow more often. A minimum of once a week, better twice a week during growing season.
- Never remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade in one cut.
- Consider the benefits of mulch mowing.
- Make sure the mower blade is always kept sharp
- If you can’t be bothered or don’t have time then call us and we can help you out.
Thats it for this week. Enjoy the warmer weather while we have it and please check us out on our Facebook and Twitter pages for more tips and ideas.