Mowing your lawn – as any gardener will tell you – is a task that needs to be performed at regular intervals to ensure that your lawn stays healthy and looking good.
The general principle behind mowing your lawn is obviously to keep your lawn looking neat and tidy but most importantly it is designed to take pressure off the underlying root systems and allow them to perform well and sustain their ability to nourish new grass leaves above ground.
Your grass will begin to grow faster again as the weather turns warmer. In the early part of spring roll your lawn if it has been lifted by frosts and then mow as you would normally. You should start with the blades high and lower them as the spring goes on so that by the time late spring early summer rolls around you are mowing weekly and have reverted to a summer cut.
In the summer the grass grows considerably faster than at any time of the year, this is due in no small part to the combination of longer hours of daylight and periodical showers which fuel the lawn’s sudden upturn in growing: given the size and length of your lawn that you should mow it from perhaps a minimum of once to a maximum of three times a week, setting the blades higher in drier spells.
Although by this stage in the gardener’s calendar the grass has slowed down in terms of growth the lawn still requires mowing. It is worthwhile raising the height of the grass cut when mowing as it will take a little longer to grow back but do still cut the grass – perhaps once a fortnight if the weather permits.
In the winter months there won’t be much in the way of growth on your lawn unless the weather is particularly mild. Again perhaps mowing the lawn once a fortnight will be sufficient and during this period it is worthwhile carrying out those other tasks such as dealing with weeds and any fungal diseases that may try to take hold. Scarify the lawn regularly even though it is not being cut often to keep the build up of Thatch down to a minimum and remove any loose debris that falls on your lawn such as dead leaves from tress.
Your lawnmower should be dismantled and properly cleaned and oiled before being reassembled. If you have cause to use an electric or petrol powered mower during the winter months then once it is used it should be cleaned thoroughly before being returned to storage.
One of the most important task a gardener can perform during the winter months is to service and maintain any equipment that might be used during the rest of the year.
By carrying out these suggestions you should have a lawn that will stand the test of any weather conditions and will still look pleasing on the eye and will grow healthily and steady through the seasons.