Mowing a lawn sounds easy; right, start the mower, push it over the grass, and boom. True! But if you want a healthier, better-looking lawn, there is a lot more to do.

Mowing Height

The first thing to remember is to mow often enough that you never removed more than 1/3 of the height of the lawn. Apart from mowing safely, one of the essential aspects of mowing is to get the height of cut right.

In Perth, people tend to know short compared to the rest of the country. They have free-draining soils and watering systems so they can get away with it.

In the east, most people don’t install a watering system, so making sure that the lawn is drought tolerant is the main tip, that can be achieved by simply raising the mower height.

Any lawn mowing regularly at a lower height is going to need more water than one Mon at a higher height. The shade is one area where it pays to mow higher. I’d recommend using one of the higher settings on your lawn mower, and the extra leaf allows your lawn to tolerate more moderate light level

Mower Height Setting

There are times, however, that you do want to drop the height of the mower much lower. Each spring is a good time to do that your lawn, and your lawn mower is a perfect tool for the job, with the lowest height of the lawnmower and scalpel way. Never do this to fescue, Kentucky, bluegrass or ryegrass lawns. When scalping to the fetch your garden, make sure you collect all the clippings after then, fertilized with a good slow-release fertilizer.

Thatch buildup is easy to recognize because your lawn starts to feel like a sponge. After scalping, your garden will look untidy for two to three weeks, but new shoots will pop up everywhere. When you resume your taller mowing on heights, you will not only notice the mower more comfortable to push, but the real benefit will be in all those dead layers of grass that have been removed, and your lawn will behave like a young fresh lawn again.

Mulch Mowing

Using the mulching part of your mower will help improve your lawns to healthier with the clippings being mulch into tiny pieces that will help feed your lawn with nutrients.

Mulch mowing makes lawn care easy, with less time spent, emptying the catcher, and trying to dispose of the clippings. But remember, if your lawn is long or if your garden is too wet, don’t mulch mow, then we use a catcher.

Wet Grass

Try to avoid mowing in the wet instead; wait for it to dry if you have to mow when wet catch the clippings and empty the catcher more often. Making sure to clean the chute after each time and also make sure your mower blades are sharp, sharp blades cut wet grass much better.

One good tip is to mowing passes less than half the width of the mower to minimize clumping and keep the blades turning fast and, at the same time, mow taller than you usually with.

Whether it’s wet or dry, never leave clumps of grass on your lawn. Either rake them up, pick them up, or mow over them again, collecting them in your catch up.


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