Mowing the lawn properly is a key component of good garden design. For some, it is an art form with set rules of do’s and don’ts that must be adhered to. This article will take you through the process of mowing and how it will help you create the garden of your dreams.
Selecting your mower
Firstly, you should determine what lawn mower best suits your needs. For smaller gardens or for the budget wary, reel mowers might be the best option. Because of their non-dependence on gas or electricity, they are cheaper to run and provide an eco-friendly alternative.
The cutting wheel
Before you begin, you’ll need to adjust the height of the cutting wheel. This is dictated by the time of year. Set the cutting wheel at a lower height when the weather is cold or higher when it’s warm. Next, you should roam around your garden and remove any obstructions that might get caught up in the rotating blades. Failure to do so can cause damage to your mower; or even yourself.
Mow in straight lines
When you start, put on a pair of rubber wellies as a safety measure. If you run over the power cord and step on the wires, they’ll stop the electric current. A common mistake when mowing is to simply head off in any direction and proceed to do so until the grass is cut. Doing this not only affects the overall finish of the grass, but wastes time and energy. You should set off in a straight line and turn 180 degrees in order to head back on yourself, but only cut half your mowers width each time. This ensures that you do not clog your rotating blades and gives a more even finish. Do not be tempted to cut the full width of your mower, remember patience is an essential part of the process.
Empty the grass bag
As you get further into the cutting, remember to keep an eye on the mowers grass bag. If it overfills grass will simply spill out onto the lawn. This will only require more work when you’re tidying up. If you’re using an electrical lawn mower keep an eye on the power cord. It can easily get lost among long grass, and if it gets cut, it can be very hazardous.
When you have finished mowing your lawn, rake the grass for an even finish. Remember some council’s require you to place waste grass into green waste bags, failure to do this can result in the grass not being removed.
About the Author
Kieran McVeigh is a freelance gardener from Cornwall. He has been in the business for over 20 years and has experience with both commercial and residential properties.