Lawn Mowing

We grow it, you mow it!

Guidance for mowing your lawn to keep it healthy and green

Correct mowing is important for lawn health.

It might seem simple to pull the mower out of the shed every few weeks and give the lawn a once over. However, with a little care and planning you can ensure that your are mowing correctly so that your lawn thrives and stays green and healthy.

How to mow your lawn

Mowing Height

Mowing height of your grass depends on the lawn variety.

  • Sir Walter DNA Certified 20-60mm
  • Eureka Kikuyu 20-50 mm
  • Nullarbor Couch 9-25 mm
  • TifTuf Bermuda 9-25mm
  • RTF Tall Fescue 40-60 mm
  • Sir Grange Zoysia 10-60mm or un-mown

Mow in the cool
of the day

During hot periods, it's best to mow at the cooler parts of the day e.g. early morning or late evening. Don't mow if exceptionally hot weather is expected soon.

Only take off 1/3 of the leaf length

Most of the green is in the top of the plant and if you cut too much off the leaf length, you can stress your lawn making it more susceptible to weeds, pest and disease.

Mow when your lawn is dry

It is best to water your lawn after you have mowed. If you mow a wet lawn, you risk tearing the leaf blades rather than cutting them, leaving a 'chopped' look.

Mow your lawn regularly

Regularly mowing your lawn promotes lateral growth and a healthier, happier lawn. If you do leave it too long, remember to bring it back over a few mows.

How often should you mow your lawn?

​There is no definitive rule as to how often you should mow your lawn. It really depends on where you are located, the season, what lawn variety you have and your preference of lawn height and look.

A good rule of thumb is every 1-2 weeks in Spring / Summer and every 2-5 weeks in Autumn / Winter.

Aeration and Dethatching

Aerate while you mow, 

just strap them on and go!

Aeration

As your lawn gets older, the soil will often get compacted.  Your lawn will benefit from aeration to allow water & air infiltration.  This is best done in the spring/summer months with a mechanical aerator or pitch fork.

Dethatching

Thatch is the organic matter that builds up above the soil line and often inhibits water and fertiliser absorption. Dethatching is needed periodically to older lawns. You can hire a dethatching machine or alternatively mow (scalp) your lawn low down. This will promote root growth and allow water penetration. If you mow low once a year you can help prevent thatch build up from years of growth.

So which lawn mower should you buy?

Buying a new lawn mower isn’t as easy as you might think! There are so many new models and fancy features that can make your mowing experience quieter, quicker and more enjoyable! Or, if you’re not one for mowing at all, look out for an Auto-Mower who will do all the hard work for you!

Push/Cylinder

  • Great for fine leaf lawns and achieving a 'manicured', clean
    scissor-like cut.
  • Push styles aren't great for larger areas. Cylinder
    mowers struggle with longer grass.

Petrol Rotary

  • Powerful. Suitable for large lawns. Better suited to large hills or slopes.
  • Noisy and smelly fumes. Rotary blades tear the clean and provide a less 'clean' cut

Battery Rotary

  • Quiet, neighbour and environmentally friendly!
  • Limited battery life, unsuitable for larger areas.

Auto-Mower

  • No effort required! Cuts little and often, resulting in a thicker, healthier lawn.
  • A little more upfront cost. Requires guide wire installation.