Creating the perfect lawn isn’t easy. From ensuring your soil PH is stable to giving your lawn additional feed so it has the nutrients it needs to grow strong and healthy, there’s actually quite a lot of science involved. But other than the chemistry behind lawn care, there’s actually a lot to know about the way you cut your lawn.
If you’re ever admired a professionally maintained lawn, you’ve probably asked yourself ‘how is that grass so green?’ or ‘how are those lines so straight?’. In this blog post, we share the top professional lawn mowing techniques you should know. Read on to find out what they are for yourself!
Admit it, you’ve had a go at this already. And it’s no surprise—even the less ambitious gardeners among us can appreciate the lines that run up and down the lawns of stately homes, universities and tennis court.
Creating lines in your lawn, also known as ‘stiping’ in the gardening world, is actually fairly simple to do. But without the right know-how, it’s difficult to execute the technique well.
Striping is simple, yet effective. The different shades of lawn are created by the light and shadow reflecting off of the grass, depending on which way it is flattened. This technique can give the effect of a patterned lawn, with professionals even creating complex and intricate patterns.
But creating definitive contrast between lawn areas isn’t as easy as simply going up and down with your lawn mower, and this is where gardening novices often go wrong. Although this will create a slight contrast, it won’t be as noticeable as the ones you’ve stood to admire in country estates.
Getting the same results is possible though. It just requires a couple more steps! Once you’ve mowed and created the outline of your pattern, the next task is to make it more pronounced—like the professionals. To do this, you need to bend the grass in either direction even more to create a greater chance for reflection.
This requires a roller—a weighted tool which flattens grass. Some lawnmowers are fitted with a roller, but you can easily make your own or purchase one too. Simply pushing this equipment over your lines will help pronounce the pattern and make a dramatic difference!
If you compare your lawn to those manicured by professionals and wonder where you’re going wrong, it’s possible it’s with the height of your grass. The optimum grass blade height for overall lawn health is between 6-13 mm. Setting your lawnmower blades to this height ensures your lawn does not risk being scalped, limp or discoloured.
But it’s important to note that the ‘right’ height for your lawn is susceptible to change, There’s a number of factors which can affect the optimum grass length for your lawn, including:
If in any doubt, the best policy is to cut your grass little and often. That way, you’re not taking any drastic measures which could shock your lawn and lead to reduced quality.
If you’re following all these lawn mowing techniques, but still aren’t producing a lawn close to that of the professionals, you might need to pay some attention to your mower.
A lot of the time, the lawn areas maintained by professionals look so good because of the care taken to ensure everything is precise as possible. From neat striping to manicured borders, a lot of this precision comes down to the cutting of the lawn itself.
If your lawnmower is fitted with blunt blades, you’re asking for a messy lawn. Just like a hairdresser can’t give a good haircut with worn out scissors, your lawnmower can’t provide a professional cut with old blades. If you want a sharp, accurate cut which leaves your lawn neat and level, giving your lawnmower some TLC is the answer.
Replacing the blades might not seem like a big task, but it can make a huge difference to your lawns finish. Professionals keep their lawnmower maintenance up to date, and if you want a lawn which matches theirs, you should too. You can replace lawnmower blades easily yourself, or your lawnmower service provider can do it for you.
If you’re desperate to create a lawn which can stand proud alongside the professionals and give your visitors serious garden envy, contact Lawnmowers Direct now!
Our team are on hand to help you with all your gardening needs. We can offer advice, insight and the premium quality tools you need to create a garden space to be proud of.