Mowing your lawn regularly is the guarantee of having a beautiful green carpet, but what if you don’t know where to start?
Here are all our tips and tricks to taking care of your lawn the right way.
Simple lawn-mowing tips
To have a beautiful lawn, you need a lawnmower that fits your grass, and mow regularly.
Once a week on average will suffice (even less for Mediterranean climates) from march to late October. In summer, mow every twelve days on average.
Always mow in the same direction. Start from the outside, the walkways, and work your way in.
For slopes, mow either up to down, or down to up, but never through as you risk tipping the mower on its side.
Avoid loose clothing that could hinder you during the mowing, or get caught in the handles (or worse). Wear trousers to protect your legs, as well as strong, non-slip closed shoes. Rubber boots are recommended.
Avoid mowing grass that is too dry or too humid, as well as in the morning (dew) or right after a rain. The grass may become too slippery, and the mower will not perform its job properly.
How high should it be?
Rule of thumb is to mow a third of your grass’ height.
Specifically, mow around 2 inches high in March, a little higher at the beginning of summer to limit yellowing during drought (3-4 inches high), and more flush around winter (up to and inch high).
Do not wait until the grass is too high (over 4 inches high) to mow, as you may run into jams.
How to use my lawn?
Use it as an English lawn (decorative)
If your lawn is just there for show, with virtually no trampling, then you can mow it flush (an inch), and maintain your lawn well to keep it the way it is, year-round. Use your mower once a week, watering and fertilizing as often. Check up on the occasional development of weeds.
Use it to relax, lying in the grass or have a picnic
Adjust the cutting height of your lawnmower to 1-2 inches for well rooted grass. Mow once a week in the spring, and then every 15 days. Twice a year, in early spring and fall, make a contribution of slow-release fertilizer.
Use it for a football/soccer field
Mow the lawn about 2 inches high, twice a month. Scarify it in the spring. Bring water and fertilizers in abundance when it is subjected to massive damage.
What to do with grass clippings?
You can choose to leave grass clippings in place, especially if you are using a side discharge or mulching. You can also pick them up, especially if it is too thick, as it could suppress your lawn.
Collect the grass by hand or rake the following day. It will be dry and easier to comb.
If the lawn has not been treated before mowing, grass clippings can reach the compost or be used as mulch for all your crops. Otherwise, burn it (collecting the ashes, rich in nutrients for plants), or throw it in the appropriate trash bags (green waste).