Mowing lawn is an important activity to maintain the health of your lawn. While overgrown turf looks untidy, it also causes the lawn to suffer because new growth is not permitted and moisture builds up on the surface preventing air circulation.
Overcutting your turf runs the risk of scalping the lawn and damaging the root system. To help you mow your lawn effectively, here are 7 lawn mowing tips every homeowner should know.
It is not recommend to mow the turf when it is wet. Wet turf is hard to mow because the blades of grass are soft and the mower will not perform effectively. There is also a chance that the mower itself can be damaged as the wet lawn sticks to the underside of the mower and causes damage to internal components (if the mower is not properly cleaned after the activity).
Use a reliable mower to mow your lawn. Lawns can be mown using manual mowers, electric mowers, and petrol mowers. Remember to use a mower that you feel comfortable using. Manual mowers are ideal for small areas that are mown on a regular basis. Since it is uncommon to alter the height of a manual mower, periodic mowing is recommend. With electric or petrol powered mowers, variable height settings and speeds are available. Ensure that the mower performs well to avoid uneven cutting or invasive cutting (e.g. scalping the lawn).
Maintain your mower to ensure that it continues to operate effectively. A mower is a machine that needs care and regular maintenance. Prior to using a mower, ensure that the mower has all parts intact and that the source of power is reliable. During mowing, make sure that no foreign substances including chemicals or water fall on the mower. Following the mowing exercise, remember to clean the mower to ensure that the blade is free of grass and no grass remains lodged on internal parts and components. Use appropriate tools when cleaning the mower and ensure that the source of power is completely disconnected prior to cleaning. Always follow manufacturer cleaning instructions.
Avoid mowing the lawn too short. Overcutting your turf can cause the turf to become further exposed to the environmental elements. When you trim the grass so low that it exposes the stalk, this is known as scalping the lawn. If you have scalped the lawn accidentally, please contact us for further advice to repair the lawn. Unrepairable lawn can be replaced with our innovative Turf Tablet product.
Avoid spraying chemicals on your green and luscious lawn prior to mowing. These chemicals may include pesticides, weed control or other lawn chemicals. When you apply any chemicals to your lawn, following manufacturer instructions. Avoid spraying lawn with chemicals prior to mowing to avoid any consequential damage to your mower, your lawn and the surrounding ecosystem and environment.
If the blade of the lawn exceeds 6 cm, the grass is too high and needs to be mown immediately. Long grass prevent sunlight penetrating through to the surface of the turf. This may cause the lower portions of the grass blades to brown. When you mow the lawn, you will see yellow or brown patches as a result of scalping. Brown lawn may encourage diseases and pests. Unrepairable lawn can be replaced with our innovative Turf Tablet product.
Mow your lawn appropriately depending on the present season. During the summer, you might need to mow your lawn more often as the lawn grows quicker. During the winter months, make sure that you trim your lawn to a higher height to enable the lawn to survive the cold and damp conditions.
At Anco Turf, we specialise in selling a wide range of real natural turf for your property. The types of turf that we stock include Sir Walter DNA Certified, Eureka Kikuyu, Nullarbor Couch, RTF Tall Fescue, Sir Grange and Turf Tablet. Either visit us in store, buy turf grass online or contact us on 1800 010 110 for further information.
What is Lawn Mowing?
Mowing your lawn trims the grass to a particular height. Most lawn mowers have adjustable height settings so that you can choose how much grass is removed. Lawn mowers can be manually operated, battery powered or petrol powered.
Why is lawn mowing so important?
Mowing lawn is important to maintain the health and longevity of the lawn. It allows the grass to develop new growth and enables air-circulation to avoid moisture build-up on the surface and in the root system. This prevents the lawn contracting a harmful disease.
Should I mow the lawn before fertilizing?
Yes. Mowing the lawn before fertilising enables the fertiliser to touch the surface and penetrate towards the root system. This will support a healthier growth as the fertiliser is penetrating through the soil.
How often does a lawn need to be mowed?
New turf usually takes 6 weeks to establish its root system if laid properly. Once the turf can’t be lifted mow the turf to its highest recommended cutting height which is listed on our website for each turf type. Gradually reduce the height over several cuts remembering not to mow more than 1/3 of the leaf off per mow. We recommend medium to high mowing after approximately 6 weeks. Mowing regularly reduces scalping and keeps the lawn healthy. Sharpen mower blades regularly.
Does frequent mowing thicken turf?
Mowing your lawn will trim a portion of the grass blade off. Since blades of grass are conical shaped, trimming the top most portion towards the tip will result in the lower portion remaining with a flat or blunt top. This will make the turf look thick.