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“How to” for Lawns – Mowing
by Brad Slade
How often you mow your lawn will depend on a number of factors. Firstly
how much time you have to devote to your lawn’s maintenance.
fast your lawn grows, and this in turn will depend on whether you
fertilise it regularly and whether it receives adequate water and
sunlight. Normally, lawns should be mowed at least one a fortnight to
keep them in check, so to speak.
One of the worst things you can do for a lawn and a big misconception
is that you can or should mow your lawn very short in order to reduce
the number of times you have to mow it. Grass generally will do much
better when mowed at a higher setting. This is especially the case in
the summer months, where short grass can often be burnt by the sun
otherwise. It is suggested that you should never be cutting or trimming
off more than 1/3 of the length of the grass in a mowing session. If
you have let your lawn go and it is far too long, it is recommended
that you firstly mow it at a longer cut and then remow it at a slightly
lower setting. If it is still too long, then you can go over it again
in a couple of days time. Although this is time consuming it is the
preferred method for caring for your lawn. Needless to say like having
your hair cut, you should maintain your equipment. In this case make
sure your mower blades are sharp and in good condition. Remove any
stone or other obstructions from the lawn before mowing to avoid any
damage to the mower or lawn.
Other recommendations for mowing a perfect lawn:
• Do mow in different directions, it does not matter which way
– whether it is diagonal, horizontal, or vertically each time
mow your lawn. This prevents the grass blades from curving in a
particular direction after numerous cuts.
• It is well known that you should never mow when your lawn is
still wet. The reason for this, however, is not so well known. There
are actually two reasons for this. Firstly, you will not be cutting
your lawn evenly and when it dries may be a lot longer than expected.
Secondly, you can often cause fungus to establish itself.
• For the lawn bowl look of a flatten smooth lawn larger lawn
rollers can be purchased. To use these you simply roll them over your
lawn after mowing in nice even and straight rows.
Brad Slade HCOA is a directory of information on mowers,
fertilizers, grass and outdoor appliances. For more information you can
visit their website at www.hcoa.com.au
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