LAWN MOWING

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Seasonal guide to mowing: March – top with blade set higher than summer height; April – increase frequency according to weather; May-August – adjust to summer height & frequency; August-September – reduce frequency as growth rate slows; Late September – adjust height to Autumn height; October-February – occasional topping during milder weather.

Cut: Height of cut adjusted as needed by season and weather; Frequency of mowing as required; Right conditions, dry / switch off dew; Removal of mowing and composting; Boxing off clippings (benefits & limitations); Allowing clippings to “fly” (+ and -).

How to Mow: Plan the direction; Mow when dry; Scatter worm casts before mowing; Rake before to lift unwanted growth; Move steadily forward; Always mow at right-angles Create stripes:

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Many homeowners mistakenly cut their lawns once a week. Grass should be cut when it needs cutting, rather than mowing on an artificially imposed schedule; Decades of field research and experience have demonstrated that mowing frequency should generally be stepped up to once every five to six days;

Grass Recycling trades off mowing more frequently with actually spending less time and energy on lawn care. For example, by grass recycling, you are not stopping every five-ten minutes to empty the mower bag, putting clippings into a bag or container, and dragging heavy clippings to the curb. In fact, grass recycling typically saves 40 percent of the time traditionally spent on lawn chores.

Mowing problems: Ribbing – narrow, parallel strip caused by cylinder blade at low speed & low number of blades = few cuts; Washboard effect – irregular waves or corrugations caused by grass cut always in same direction; Lacerated & uneven cutting – caused by blunt & incorrectly set blades; Scalping – caused by surface irregularities.