In early spring give lawn mowers a maintenance check. Do it yourself and follow our simple tips above or take the mower to your local specialist to be serviced.
As lawn growth is still slow, it is important to mow higher and less frequently to prevent damage that can result in scalping and browning. If you have had the catcher on over winter, now is a great time to remove it to allow grass clippings to breakdown, which returns nutrients to the soil.
Let the grass grow longer and mow every two to three weeks over early spring. As the lawn growth starts to take off, shorten the time between mowing.
In early spring do not cut the grass any lower than around 25mm or so depending on the variety. As the weather warms up, slowly lower the mower blades to shorten the length of the cut grass but, if the lawn is heat or water stressed, allow it to stay longer.
As the lawn slowly starts to take off, usually after rain in mid spring, give it a boost with Seasol for Lush Green Lawns or Seasol for Buffalo Lawns. These fast-acting liquids go to work immediately to help you cultivate the best lawn in the street.
The growth of many lawn varieties starts to slow as the temperature and heat rises, especially if there’s a lack of rain or water restrictions have been imposed. Leave the lawn longer after each mow to protect and cool its roots and the soil by raising the cutting height of the mower. Mow in the cool of the day (early morning or late in the afternoon) to reduce stress. After mowing apply Seasol hose-on to strengthen leaf blades to reduce stress from heat and drought.
Growth in warm season lawn varieties starts to slow as the temperature decreases and day length is shorter. Allow the lawn to put on a little growth by raising the mower blades so it isn’t cut short. Leaving lawns with a longer leaf blade helps photosynthesis to occur so the lawn can store energy for winter. It also reduces weed germination. After mowing apply Seasol hose-on to strengthen leaf blades to reduce stress from heat and drought. Apply it early morning so the grass has time to dry before the onset of a cool night. For more details check out our video “How to Care for Lawns – Mowing & maintenance”.
If the lawn is dormant over winter it may only be necessary to mow two to three times during this season. Unless you have a mulching mower, use the catcher rather than leaving cut grass on the lawn, as it may be slow to breakdown, which could lead to fungal problems. It is also a good idea to rake up fallen leaves to allow air and sunshine on the grass and to trim back any overhanging branches that maybe keeping light from the lawn. For more details check out our video “How to Care for Lawns – Mowing & maintenance”.