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 you 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 from stones and rocks before you start cutting the grass.
You should also go around the garden and pull up any weeds and moss. Failure to do 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.