How to do lawn mowing and lawn care like an expert
Lawn care is essential for every grassy garden. Knowing your lawn maintenance procedures is vital for healthy growth. Without proper attention and tending, the grass will eventually start to wither and get overrun by weeds. As a result, the grass makes your yard look unpleasant, patchy, and neglected. Nobody wants to deal with this kind of damage in their gardening endeavors, so do your best to avoid it.
How? Our professional gardening team in London has some valuable pro advice for you. Keep on reading to understand everything about lawn mowing and cutting grass like an expert.
FAQ on lawn care and grass mowing
Why mow the lawn?
Mowing the lawn promotes grass growth and thickness, and makes your lawn look fresh, neat, and well-maintained for your family and guests to enjoy.
When to mow the lawn?
The only season you won’t have to mow the lawn is winter. When temperatures rise over 10-degrees and frost mornings are far gone, grass will start growing so it’s mowing time. Then again cut the grass one last time right before winter hibernation. Of course, during warmer months – make sure to trim the lawn when needed.
When is the best time of day to cut grass?
In the morning the soil might be soggy, during the day the sun is way too strong, so the best time for lawn mowing is late afternoon.
How often should the lawn be mowed?
In spring and autumn, your garden needs to be mowed once a week, unless it recently rained. During hot summer months, feel free to trim grass once every two weeks.
Lawn mowing expert advice
Now that you know the lawn care basics, it is time to talk about the specifics of grass cutting. Things not to miss, things to double-check, and things to always have in mind when working with lawns. Check out these helpful tips on lawn mowing to make the most of your gardening:
Take proper care of your mower
Rule number one of lawn cutting is to always keep your electric mower in good condition. That means changing any broken or overused parts, sharpening the blades every spring, and cleaning up the mowed grass from the container to avoid moldy situations.
Right before cold months approach, when it’s time to put the mower away until late spring, make sure you clean it well. Here are the basic pre-winter tasks you should have on your to-do list:
- Empty the fuel tank
- Replace the spark plug
- Replace or clean the air filter
Our pro tip is to always read the manufacturer’s instructions for mower care, so you do not miss an important step.
Prior to the growing season, you need to get your mower serviced for better clean cuts. If the blades are blunt you can damage the lawn and cause yellow grass tips that are not helping your garden aesthetically.
Mow on dry days
One of the biggest mistakes novice gardeners make is they mow the grass after rain. This is a big red flag in gardening. Because when the ground is damp, you can accidentally pull the grass from its roots or the mower can smear the soil. You don’t want to end up with a spotty lawn, right? The moral of the story – mowing is done on dry days only.
Adjust the cutting height
Cutting height adjustment is a really important step in lawn mowing. Ensures the grass is evenly cut to look presentable and grow better. The cutting height varies during different times of the year, according to season and local weather conditions.
So it is important to manually adjust the height settings of the lawnmower at the beginning and end of the season. The regular grass height for well-maintained lawns is between 2.5 cm and 5 cm.
Choose the proper mower
There are many types of lawnmowers and hybrids available on the market. When it comes to choosing the right type of mower, you have to be aware of its pros and cons so you make the right choice.
The purpose of electric mowers is precise cutting of small and mid-sized grassy areas. Relatively quiet and cost-effective, these mowers are perfect for a household with a tiny garden and a strict budget.
Moreover, electric lawnmowers don’t need excessive maintenance. The only cons are it requires an electric supply in the garden and there is always a power cable you need to be mindful of when working on the grass.
Cordless mowers are used to treat small to medium-sized lawns. They are quiet, easy to navigate and maneuver, and they are also environmentally oriented. No cable following you around in the garden. The disadvantages are that this type of garden machinery is not suitable for long grass cutting and only operates for a limited time per charge.
These mowers are a gardener’s dream – high-performing, independently working, no need to push the machinery around. They can trim large lawns while the gardener chills in a sitting position, driving the mower over the overgrown grass. The cons of owning a lawn tractor are it’s quite loud, heavy, and expensive. It is also large so you might have trouble putting it away unless you have a shed, big garage, or huge storage space.
These mowers are great for cutting grass in a large area. Petrol lawnmowers work autonomously, they are super powerful and deliver perfect results. There are downsides to great lawn mowing though – loud noise, unpleasant smell, and engine emissions.
From midsize to large lawns, robot mowers are garden technology that makes life easier. They get programmed and mow independently while saving on the electricity bill. Robots are also eco-friendly and their only downside is they are a costly investment.
Scythe mowers have two plates that rub against each other to mow the lawn. Even though they could cut very large lawns and long grass, scythe mowers are everything but budget-friendly. If you do have the financial ability to buy one, do not hesitate, it’s easy to operate and after some practice, you will become a pro at lawn mowing.
Lawn care & maintenance
Mow frequently especially during the spring season
After the harsh winter conditions your garden endured (cold temperature, damp soil, less sunny days, and more), the grass needs some pampering and care. Therefore, lawns need special attention in springtime.
Following the hibernation period, the grass starts rapidly growing. So it is your job to clear mossy areas, even out the land, and remove bumps, deal with patches and add spring fertilizer. Another important to-do task is to start mowing and do it frequently to promote new fresh growth.
In early spring, the grass can be cut fortnightly, as it has not started growing rapidly yet. In late spring, when the development is at its peak, it is advisable to do lawn mowing more frequently – once a week. For this lawn maintenance job, the mower should be adjusted to a higher setting.
Trim the edges
Trimming lawn edges gives a lawn that final touch of perfection. Because let’s be honest – even if your lawn is mowed perfectly if there are bumps of longer chaotic grass on the lawn’s edges – the grass will look unmanaged and unattractive.
Unfortunately, most mowers cannot reach and get those areas treated. That’s why it is good to trim around pavement/concrete areas like patios, driveways, decks, or walking paths. And this should be done manually with the help of a must-have gardening tool(s):
- Half-moon tool
- Long-handled shears
- Mechanical trimmer
Any of these tools can help you neaten the edges of your lawn and make it look polished and well-maintained. Just remember to remove the leftover clippings to stop grass bits from rooting.
Prevention of issues on time
The most common problems you might face on your home lawn are infestations by weeds, pests, and diseases. The best way to prevent such issues on your property is to observe and monitor your lawn every couple of days. Watch out for early signs of emerging weeds, insects, or grass damage and bald patches.
Once you catch a glimpse of anything that looks unusual for a fresh homegrown grass garden, you need to react fast and seek the help of a professional before it spreads uncontrollably.
Pro gardeners are able to identify such issues and will provide you with relevant advice on how to deal with them. Our expert landscaping team in West London can save or revive your lawn, and we are only one click away!
A top rule in lawn care is to remember that grass needs excessive watering during warm months or otherwise it becomes prone to drought. It is vital to mention that if you water way too frequently, grass might get mossy, so try to be consistent in your watering schedule.
When it comes to lawn care watering, the soil needs to be soaked to a depth of 10 cm. Water your lawn once a week. In summer, you may do it two times per week if the weather is too dry and hot. The best part of the day to water the grass is morning and evening, when the weather is cooler.
Take advantage of professional lawn mowing services
One of the best things you can do for your garden is to let a professional gardening service take care of your lawn mowing and maintenance. Not only you save time and avoid unfortunate mistakes, but also you get a team of experts that does the grass cutting for you and constantly monitors your lawn health.
Professional lawn mowing services can transform your grass, while you enjoy your leisure time. This is also a great strategy to save money on buying garden tools, equipment, and even a lawnmower. Sounds good? Get in touch with our expert London gardeners to get a free quote.