Mowing 101

Mowing the lawn seems pretty easy right? Start the mower and push it over the grass! Well kind of, but if you want a healthier, better looking lawn it’s worth taking a bit of time to learn a few tips on how to mow like a pro.

The first thing to remember is mow frequently enough that you never remove more than ⅓ of the lawns height. One of the most important aspects of mowing (apart from mowing safely) is to get the height of cut right. Here in Brisbane a watering system generally is not necessary and simply by raising the mower height you can ensure your lawn is drought safe. Lawns mown at a lower height are going to need more water than a lawn mown at a higher height. 

At Mowing Services Brisbane we recommend using one of the higher settings when mowing in shaded areas of your section such as under trees. The extra leaf allows your lawn to tolerate lower light level conditions. There are times, however, that you do want to drop the height of the mower much lower than usual.

Spring is a good time of year to dethatch your lawn and your lawn mower is the perfect tool for the job. To do this drop your mower to one of the lower settings and scalp away. Make sure you collect up all your clippings when scalping to dethatch your lawn and then fertilize after with a good slow release fertiliser. Expect your lawn to look untidy after scalping for 2-3 weeks but new shoots will begin to pop up everywhere. Once you resume mowing at taller heights, not only will you notice the mower easier to push but now that all those dead layers of grass have been removed your lawn will behave like a young fresh lawn again.

Important: You should never scalp Fescue, Kentucky Bluegrass or Ryegrass lawns.

Another way to improve the health of your lawn is to use the mulching part of your mower which will help feed your lawn with nutrients. Mulch mowing makes mowing your lawn easy with less time spent emptying the catcher and trying to dispose of the clippings. But remember if your lawn is long or is too wet don’t mulch mow, use a catcher. 

When raining try to avoid mowing your lawn and wait for it to dry. If waiting is not an option always use the catcher when mowing wet lawn. Empty the catcher more often, and clean the mower chute each time. Having sharp mower blades will cut wet grass much better.

Finally a good style of mowing is to make passes less than half the width of the mower to minimise clumping and to keep the blades turning fast. Whether it’s wet or dry never leave clumps of grass on your lawn, either rack them up, pick them up or mow over them again collecting them in your catcher. Happy mowing everyone.