Simply, put, a well mown lawn can almost make you forget what actual condition your lawn is in.
A well cut lawn can, with stripes, draw your eye in a way that makes you not need to look any further. In fact, grass is used as a backdrop on television commercials as well as countless magazine articles to show off many diverse products. Not because the lawn is perfect, but because a pattern from a distance can be enough of an eye catcher that your psyche doesn’t need anymore.
A bit like a coat of paint or a dollop of plaster in that it can cover a multitude of sins.
Many turn on the TV during Wimbledon tennis tournament and see some very straight lines mown into a court and it’s deemed to be the most immaculate peace of grass you can possibly get. Now, whilst that may even be the case (it isn’t) it’s a simple pattern that has determined that, nothing else.
That said, in one way that shows the value of lawn mowing in itself. Something we have to do to our lawns anyway and something, if done well, can enhance what we already have, if not even that good.
However, good or bad lawn mowing is central in not just how your lawn looks, but also in how it reacts to the other jobs you should be doing on your lawn.
We all have heard about what it takes to become a good lawn mower haven’t we?
Never remove more than one third of the leaf blade? (some rule of thumb that derives from sports turf, but is very little use in domestic lawns)
Mow the lawn regularly (how regular is regular? Those that made the 1/3 rule are professionals and can mow when required)
Never cut the lawn too short (what’s deemed as too short? Many like to give the lawn its last very short cut in October, so they don’t have to cut again until spring!)
Sharpen the blade once per year. Once, are you serious? Who made that rule? I can tell you it wasn’t an expert in lawn mowing.
So, based upon those four simple points, you can see why so many struggle with the simplest of tasks, lawn mowing.
If I do a job, any job, where possible, I like to do it properly and like it when attention to detail is pointed out.
Sharpen the blade once per month at a minimum. That way, if I do more, I know I will get an even better result.
Never mow with a rotary below 25mm….EVER. Learn to adjust your mower heights to work with the terrain, the grass type, the unevenness, the weather and the seasons
Mow the lawn at least once per week during the growing season. More is better but not an essential for other than the real enthusiast. Then slow according to growth but always try for never more than monthly during colder periods. At least that way, you get to see what’s happening to your lawn when anything untoward can be happening.
Forget the 1/3 rule. As helpful a guide it may be, we don’t need to think that when my lawn gets to 45mm, I need to cut it, as I cut at 30mm.
Regularity, sharp blades, correct height for the season and a belief that YOU can create damage yourself (you are CUTTING it remember) are all key in preventing damage as well as keeping it looking beautiful!