Posted 18th Jul 2016
To celebrate the launch of British Gas's new FreeTime scheme, leading lawn artist Chris Naylor answers some of the pressing questions and issues when it comes to mowing and maintaining a healthy lawn
When is the best time to mow the lawn?
- The best time to cut your grass is when the ground is dry. Wet glass will clump together, clogging up the blades of your lawnmower. It will also lie flatter than drier grass, due to the sheer weight of water droplets, making it harder for the blades to cut to the desired length.
- Mow your lawn when the weather is cool or when the grass is in the shade. If you mow during the hottest part of the day, the cut grass blades will lose more water and therefore recover more slowly..
- Cut your grass more than once a month during the summer if possible - especially during the more humid weather. When it's wet and warm, grass will grow quicker and faster. Therefore it is healthier for your lawn to be cut little and often, instead of rarely and aggressively.
- A well-maintained mower is crucial if you want a healthy lawn. It's worth giving your mower a quick check every few weeks, just to ensure there are no issues.
- Make sure that it is clean and debris free. You can do this by running a soft brush around the underneath. Be sure to pay particular attention to the blades as loose leaves or twigs can get caught there. Be sure to do this when the mower is off and not plugged in.
- Blunt blades are inefficient. Not only do they wear the motors out more quickly, but will also tear and damage the grass. Be sure to sharpen or replace blades regularly.
Just a little off the top
- When summer arrives, grass will grow faster. However you have to remember, don't remove too much at once. Instead take off no more than a third at a time. Also remember that if you cut your grass too short, it can result in yellow and damaged turf that could struggle to recover.
- Gradually reduce your cutting length. If you're not sure how much you should do this by, start with the highest lawnmower setting and work your way down to a shorter setting over the coming weeks.
- Take your time! If you cut your grass too quickly you risk flattening it and missing bits. Work slowly and get the even look that you're after.
- Overlap wheel lines when going back and forth in the garden. Lawnmower blades do not cover grass under the wheels, meaning it is crucial to return to the sections that were covered under the wheels before.
- A trick to getting an even cut is to mow in a different direction each time. Grass gets used to being mowed in particular directions and can subsequently start growing at an angle., making it harder to get that even look. Therefore mow in different directions and negate the angle of the grass.
The FreeTime plans offers customers free electricity over the weekend - you can find out more here.
Tips courtesy of British Gas / Chris Naylor
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