Firstly a good mower is an investment, preferably with a roller and grass collection box. Cylinder mowers give the best finish, but the lawn needs to be flat. If you would like any advice on what mower to buy, we can help; give Andy a call.
Only leave cuttings on the lawn if you are cutting high (more than an inch), using a mulching mower and have good soil microbial activity (can be achieved by using our humate strong fertilisers and organic soil conditioners). Normal cuttings will encourage worms and a thatch build-up leading to moss.
When and how to mow
Spring and Autumn: In the spring, keep the first cut high and gradually reduce the height to the desired setting. Mow Once per week. Avoid extremely low cutting as this will scalp the lawn, keep to around 1 1/2 inches minimum..
Summer: Mow at least once per week, twice is best if possible. Drop to once a week during periods of drought. For fine lawns aim for around 1/2 inch height, for ordinary ornamental lawns around 1 inch. Excessive close mowing will weaken the grass and roots, encouraging weeds and moss.
Winter: Not usually necessary, though if mild, set mower to a high cut. Avoid soft frozen ground. Never mow wet or frosty grass and keep off in snow to minimise snow mold. Clear/mulch leaves as soon as possible – leaving promotes disease.
Getting a Striped Finish
A striped finish looks great and is easily achieved with a sharp mower with a roller. Start with a headland, mowing around the edge of the lawn a couple of times. For rectangular lawns work from the left, mowing up and down using the straight as a guide. For irregular lawns line up the mower at its widest and use a focal point to give the initial straight line. At each turn line up with a slight overlap over the last. Remember to change your cutting direction every few weeks to avoid creating ruts
For established lawns, deep watering (reaches a depth of 4 inches) every week to 10 days is sufficient. Water early morning or evening / over night to reduce wastage through evaporation. Frequent shallow watering will encourage shallow rooting, moss and turf diseases.
For new lawns, water every day for the first week (1 inch depth), then 2-3 times per week (1 inch dept) and after 3-6 weeks (4 inches depth).