MOWING MASTERCLASS

Spring is here! It’s finally time to get back outside and enjoy your lawn to the fullest extent. You’re excited to feel the grass between your toes but there’s just one thing; longer days and warmer temperatures mean that your lawn’s growth has been kicked into top gear. Spring is an important season in your lawn’s life-cycle, proper mowing is essential to prepare it for the harsh Aussie summer that lies ahead. Here are a few quick tips to help you mow like a pro!

The Basics

There are a few quick things that everyone needs to know about spring mowing and mowing in general, regardless of your lawn type or location:

  • Letting your grass grow long is not the key to a lush, thick lawn. Mowing at regular intervals (when done properly) is the most effective way to get that soft, dense lawn you’re looking for.
  • Never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf in each mow. Overgrown lawns need to be gradually reduced in height to prevent excess stress on the lawn that will likely lead to disease, weed growth and other time-consuming issues.
  • Mowing in spring should reflect the heightened growth rate of your lawn. Shorten the periods between your mows in spring to ensure your grass is growing strong going into summer.

The Right Mower for the Job

Depending on the size of your lawn, its condition, the area you’re in and various other factors, you lawn mower needs may vary. There are two main styles of lawn mower; rotary and cylinder.

Rotary mowers are what you likely already own. Rotary mowers cut grass with rotating blades, spinning at high speeds. They come in petrol or battery powered variants and can be push powered or ride-on. Rotary mowers are ideal for maintaining larger lawns or for a higher cut.

Cylinder lawn mowers have a cylinder, generally comprising 5-12 blades that slice the grass as the cylinder rolls forward. This kind of mower can come in completely manual, hand pushed varieties or petrol powered, but are both ideal for smaller lawns and short, bowling green style cuts.

It’s always important to maintain your mower. Blunt blades will damage your lawn, tearing the leaves of the grass instead of cleanly cutting it leading to potential disease and discolouration of the lawn.

Ensuring your root system is deep, strong and healthy is the key to your lawn thriving in the harsh Aussie summer.

Scalping

 

As mentioned above, never cut more than 1/3 of the leaf in each row. Cutting your lawn extremely short is called “scalping” and can have adverse effects on your lawn’s health. Unintended lawn scalping can lead to bare patches as the grass can’t cope. It can also lead to brown streaks and patches, disease, discolouration and weed infestation.

Mowing Height Guidelines

These guidelines describe the best mowing height for each grass species. You should ideally mow a little higher in the winter and lower in the summer.