04/08/2014

Grass cutting tips

Cutting your grass is just one of those things that you have to do, whether you like it or not. Everyone can do it, but if you want your lawn to look great, then you should follow some basic steps to ensure your grass remains looking lovely and green.

Before you start 

1. Check your lawnmower:
It sounds basic but many people fail to do it. Before you start cutting your grass, ensure that your lawnmowers blades are sharp. If they are blunt, the lawnmower will tear the grass rather than cut it. This may result in the grass roots being pulled up, damaging your grass or worse, kill it. 

If your lawnmowers blades are blunt, you should purchase and fit a new one before you start following the manufacturers instructions. You can purchase genuine Flymo lawnmower blades and accessories online from the Official Flymo Webshop.

If own a petrol lawnmower it is vital that you check that there is sufficient oil and petrol in the machine. Failure to do so may damage your lawnmowers engine and leave you with a costly repair bill. 

2. Clear debris and weeds from the lawn: To prevent damage to your lawnmower go around the garden and pick up any stones, twigs or other debris that may damage your lawnmower (and its blades) if you go over them.

Hitting a stone when mowing your lawn can damage your lawnmower blade and cause it to misalign. Typically lawnmower blades are not covered by manufacturer’s warranties as it is classed as impact damage leaving you responsible to repair the lawnmower. It is therefore essential that you clear the lawn of stones before you start cutting the grass.

You should also go around the garden and pull up any weeds and moss. Not doing this will mean that you simply spread the weeds and moss around your garden allowing them to grow elsewhere. In patches where there are a lot of weeds and moss, you should use some weed killer to prevent them coming back. 

3. Adjust the cutting height depending on the season: During the colder winter months you should cut the grass longer, while in the summer you should cut it shorter. Remember like other plants, grass stays healthier when you only remove a third of its new growth at a time. Long grass helps protect the soil from the environment, ensuring that it retains the nutrients it needs to grow healthy and green. In extremely hot weather avoid cutting the grass very short. By allowing the grass to grow slightly longer it will provide shade to the soil preventing moisture from evaporating and allowing the grass to grow.

When cutting 

1. Cutting long grass:
When cutting long grass you should walk at a slower pace. This will allow the blades more time to cut the grass. However do not reduce the speed of the blade, as this will have an adverse effect. This will just make it harder for the lawnmower to cut the grass. 

2. Overlap with each pass: For every pass you make down the garden, make sure you come back with the lawnmower on half of the area you have just cut. This will make the area of grass that you are cutting easier, as less grass needs to be cut with each pass speeding up the lawn cutting process. This will also ensure you cut the lawn in a pattern and reduce the likelihood that you will have to go over patches that you may otherwise have missed.

3. Choose your mowing time carefully: Try and avoid cutting your grass in the middle of the day at its hottest. When you cut the grass you are stressing it, much like how a human would behave. The additional heat adds to this stress and may damage it in the long term.

4. Change pattern each time: To prevent graining, cut the grass in a different direction each time. If you cut it vertically one week, cut it horizontally the next week.

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