It is important to ensure that you don’t mow your lawn too short as the leaf is the energy creator for the lawn, which takes in sun light and converts it to energy for the lawn growth. By cutting the leaf too short, not only will this stress out your lawn, it also reduces how much energy it can create. This makes the lawn more susceptible to weeds and pests.
Tip #2 – Reduce Mowing height gradually
If it has been too long since you last mowed your lawn, for example you have been on holidays in the warmer months and come home to an overgrown lawn. Start by cutting the lawn on the highest setting on your mower and only gradually reduce the height. If the highest setting is still taking off more than a third of the leaf, you may need to apply an additional granular fertiliser application, apply a liquid fertiliser/ wetting agent such as Lawn Solutions Lawn Rescue along with increasing your watering. Taking off more than a third will put your lawn in a state of shock, so these products help reduce this.
Tip #3 – Mow at the right height for your grass type
The correct height that your lawn is cut to can vary with variety and time of year. As a rule of thumb, it is good to leave your lawn on the higher end of the below scales during the height of summer and depth of winter.
We recommend the following mowing heights for our varieties:
Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo – 30 - 50mm
Tif Tuf Bermuda - 10 – 25mm
Eureka Premium VG Kikuyu - 30 – 50mm
Sir Grange - 10 – 50mm
Tip #4 – Mow your lawn regularly
Avoid long periods between mowing and never cut more than one third of the leaf off in any one mow. For more information on how often to mow, see our “How often and why should I mow my lawn” blog.
Tip #5 – Keep your lawn mower blades sharp
Keep your mower well maintained, a good time to do this is the start of Spring around September. This is a good opportunity to freshen up your mower after it has been sitting during winter. Give the blades a sharpen, change the oil and ensure all is running well. If you are unsure of how to sharpen your mower blades have a chat to your local mower store.
Sharp blades cut rather than tear through the leaf, giving it a healthier finish and making it less susceptible to pests and disease.
If you have any questions about mowing your lawn or any other lawn questions please contact our friendly staff on (03) 9730 1128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org