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When to Start Cutting Grass | Is There a ‘Best Time?’

When is the Best time to Start Mowing the Lawn?

In most cases, the majority of lawn mowing is carried out between March and October but is there a ‘best time’ to cut your grass?
The best time to start cutting grass changes depending on the season. See below for a more detailed guide on when to start cutting your grass.

As a general rule

It’s not necessarily about how often you cut, but more about how long the grass is. If your lawn is looking yellow, for example, it’s likely dried out due to too much mowing on a low blade setting.
If you want to your garden to resemble a putting lawn (very fine, short grass) then you will first require a specific variety of grass and dedicate yourself to fertilising and general upkeep.
If you’re simply looking to maintain a healthy garden, let your grass grow a little longer and then cut it down to your desired height.

“Is it better to mow often, or little?”

We all know that for a lawn to be green, it needs to be growing. Grass turns a pale yellow-ish over time unless it’s growing. Don’t cut yellow grass thinking that it will return stronger and healthier. The key note to remember is that you need to mow your lawn according to its growth pattern. Living in England, we see a fair amount of rain, which would suggest we need to be cutting our grass more frequently. The rule is simple, the faster your lawn grows, the more frequently you need to cut.
Here are a few top tips about mowing throughout the seasons:

Mowing in Summer

This is the most popular time to get stuck into garden upkeep. You want to ensure that you don’t cut your grass more than twice a week during periods of drought, this will do more harm than good.
On average, you will want to mow your lawn or garden twice a week to keep it looking fresh. However, you don’t have to strictly keep to this rule.

Mowing in Spring

I would advise mowing your lawn on the longest setting for spring. Mow one every few weeks, this keeps the grass fresh and allows healthy growth. Living in England, it’s rare that you will have to water your lawn, but if you do want to, do it sparingly, once every month (but it should rain at least once a month, even a little).
You will want to move the blade slightly lower, around the middle setting as after every cut. If your lawn is looking yellow in patches, let it grow out and then cut it with the blade on a higher setting (moving the blade back up).

Mowing in Winter

Mowing in winter is not usually required, unless the weather is mild and the grass is still healthy enough to cut. If you do want to mow in the winter, cut on a high setting and never attempt to mow if the grass is soft or frozen. As a general rule, never mow wet or frosty grass as it can damage your lawn and compact the soil.

The One-Third Rule

The ‘one-third rule’ dictates that you should never cut more than one-third of your grass height as this will stunt growth. Understanding your grass type will help you achieve a better cut, as all grass grows at different rates. There are various different mowers that can help you achieve the optimal cut, feel free to browse our Machinery page for more information. Cutting your lawn too much can be just as bad as letting it overgrow.
As a general guide, stick to mowing your lawn once every 10 days. It’s all about consistency, keep an eye on your lawn, learn how fast it grows and develop a mowing regime. Your grass will get healthier and greener the more you stick to your system.
You may also want to find out what the optimal height of your lawn is. For an easy-to-follow guide, read Mowing for Dummies.

Mowing Less Frequently isn’t Always Good

Don’t think that mowing yellow grass less will promote healthier growth. You will notice that if you let yellow grass continue to grow, it will become greener at the top. Mowing the grass at this point is not advised as you’re cutting off the healthiest part. Mowing isn’t what’s causing your grass to return yellow, its cutting too much of the grass blades. Cut often and learn your grass type.
I mentioned briefly before about putting grass (seen on golf courses). If you do want to achieve this type of cut, you will need to move every day but only cutting a tiny bit every time. Do take into account that these putting lawns are regularly fertilised and watered.
Additionally, if your lawn mower has a mulching function, use it. These lawn mowers are able to cut and plant grass trimmings back into the ground, helping with fertilisation and breathing new life into your lawn.

Need Help With Your Lawn Care?

If you’re looking for a lawn mower to help you achieve the perfect cut, feel free to explore our Machinery page.
We have hundreds of mowers available, from ride-own mowers to robot mowers.

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