Brits spent £127 million on lawnmowers in 2019, and if that isn’t evidenced enough of how much we love our lawns, then there is even a popular lawnmower museum in Southport, Lancashire. Many find mowing the lawn is a therapeutic retreat from the everyday grind, and especially an escape from lockdown homeschooling and working-from-home.
For groundskeepers and turf professionals on golf courses and sports grounds, mowing is an everyday task to maintain the sacred landscapes, but that is unrealistic in a domestic situation. Once a week is the recommended interval, and we have some tips on how to keep your lawn looking its best all through the summer.
To start with, it’s best to choose a lawnmower that is appropriate for the size of your lawn, which can make the difference between making mowing a delight or a chore. As a rough guide to size, a garden the size of a tennis court would be considered a medium-sized garden, and one half or less than that is a small garden.
It’s also advisable to know what kind of mower you want, to achieve the desired finish. If you long for stripes, you need a mower with a roller drive. For a fine lawn, then a cylinder mower. A good all-rounder is a rotary mower.
Never take off more than a third of the height of the grass to avoid stressing it, and to prevent it lying flat, alter the direction in which you mow occasionally.
Make sure your mower blade is sharp to get the best results, and it will also use less fuel or electricity and be much more efficient. Avoid slipping off the edge of your lawn to prevent scalping and the resulting weed growth.
Always collect your clippings, and rake the garden afterwards. Whatever the scale of your lawn, regular mowing, even late into autumn, will give it the care and attention it needs.
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