Mowing the lawn

May 2nd 2017
By: Melanie
Mowing the lawn

You may have noted recently that the Royal Horticultural Societies report on Climate Change has been discussing the changing patterns in lawn mowing. Looking forward depending where you live there might be more need to mow your lawn for longer and longer into the Autumn and earlier in the Spring. But where ever you live in St Albans or Harpenden if you have a lawn you will know that mowing it is one of the most important tasks in keeping it healthy. Getting the cutting height and mowing frequency right can make a huge difference to the ongoing health of the lawn.
Your lawn mower will probably be one of your most-used pieces of power gardening equipment, so it is worth taking some time to make sure you have the right one for your garden. Hand-push mowers are a good option for small areas of grass, being quiet, zero running costs, good for the environment and can help keep you fit. Electric mowers are usually cheaper to buy than petrol mowers, but are not as powerful as petrol mowers and usually come with a cord. Cordless electric mowers, however, are now also available and well-worth considering.
Mowing is usually recommended between March and October. During the summer months it can be good to mow twice a week, dropping to once a week during periods of drought. During the spring and autumn mowing just once a week is usually fine. It is not usually necessary to mow in the winter months unless the weather is extremely mild and the grass is still growing. In this case, mow occasionally with a high cut setting. But never mow wet or frosty grass, as this can damage the turf and compact the soil. Wait until later in the day when the lawn has dried out or defrosted.