google-site-verification=kSQpfYLF56oBOmb0EgJrn0Cqmf9ceEaS-U6Uqvp7icE Lawn care tips for Strathearn | BCH Gardens

A good looking lawn is no accident.  It takes good feeding, good cutting and a little effort and understanding of what makes a healthy grass plant.  At BCH Gardens we want to see more of the fantastic looking lawns that we know are possible.  Actually we would really love to meet fellow lawn enthusiasts.  We cut somewhere between 25 and 30 acres per week during an average summer, so we see enough lawns and the results of grass cutting with different mowers to really know what works.  Below are some of our lawn mowing tips which we hope will help you have a healthier lawn.

  1. Cutting grass needs SHARP blades to make a clean cut.  At BCH Gardens we sharpen our mower blades after 8 to 10 hours - that probably means daily for us!  A sharp blade produces a cleaner cut, which will result in less stress on the plant and will allow a quicker recovery.   Dull blades increase the likelihood of disease and leaves a white colour cast on the lawn - its a dead give away to an experienced eye that blades are dull.

  2. Cutting your lawn really short so you don't have to cut it so often.  This is what I call the "Lazy hard way".  This is about the worst thing you can do to a lawn. You will likely find it completely counter productive as well because the lawn will use all its energy to produce more badly needed leaves.  A lawn cut like this will almost certainly have very bad moss and lots of weeds sooner rather than later.  It is also possible to bend the crank shaft of a lawn mower by cutting so low.  Cutting higher, and more often should be quicker, easier and produce a better looking lawn!

  3. When you sharpen your blades, clean out the mower deck.  Lawn mowers need air to be moving through the cutting area - lots of air- to work well.  Cleaning the deck out will not only make the mower work better, but it will last longer too.

  4. Did I mention that you need SHARP blades - its really important.  

  5. The rule of thirds:- Cut one third into two thirds.  Its that simple.  If your grass is 150mm(6") deep then cut off 50mm(2")  More than this is not good for the grass plant as it causes extra stress.  Want it shorter?  Then cut it a little more often and reduce the height gradually.

  6. Whats the right height to cut?   Hmmm good question.  As long as you are only removing a third of the length then 50 - 65mm or 2" -2.5" is about right in this area!  Less than this and you will typically cut into the crown of the plant and a straw coloured look will result.  You also increase the risk of scalping.  Note "about right" is key above, as it depends on grass type as well as mower type and many other factors like weather and the position of your lawn.  

  7. 'To collect or not to collect that is the question.  Wether tis' nobler in the mind to suffer the long walks to the compost heap or to mulch like a real pro'  This is really simple to answer.  If you have a mower designed to mulch then do so - you are returning organic matter and nutrients - nitrogen in particular to the lawn.  I promise a better lawn for this.  If your mower isn't designed to mulch properly then you must collect clippings or you will contribute rapidly to a thatch layer, create dead spots, encourage disease and have a lawn that looks awful with brown patches of rotting grass.

  8. Don't be frightened to increase cutting height in periods of drought, cold or when the days are shorter - it will help the grass deal with the extra environmental stress.

  9. Change your mowing direction every few cuts, and dont use the long easy direction too much.  Your lawn seldom looks best cut on the longest direction.  Get a pattern going.  We like a diamond chequer, but a plaid pattern is good.  Look some up and see tip number 6 the more grass leaf the better the pattern will show...... 

  10. Give your lawn a feed.  Its a living thing and needs a bit of food to be at its best.  A lawn fertiliser needn't be all that expensive.

  11. Enjoy your mow.  If it feels like a chore then something probably isn't quite right!  It should be reasonably easy, light exercise, that lets you enjoy your garden.  

Want to have a chat about your lawn or have a question answered?  Is there some other aspect of your lawn you are worried about?  Mail us, we will try to offer you help and advice.

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