• Alison Murray

Things to do in the garden during lockdown day 2: Mow the lawn

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

Today I am going to cut the grass! Global warming means those long winters of not needing to get the mower out are mostly gone. I have already done mine once this year. If your lawn is long like mine, don't plough in and cut it to the level you want straight off. There is a good chance clumps of long grass will clog up your mower and it will cut out, or worse. Bring the blades up high, mow it, and then go back over at a lower setting.

Unmown lawn

Be careful not to cut the grass too short, the weather has been warm, but there is likely to be moisture still near the soil surface which can also cause the cut grass to form wads as it spins into the mower. Cutting too short risks scalping the lawn and you'll end up with bare patches. I normally leave mine to let the daises and plethora of other weeds flower for a bit. Provide some food for the pollinators before you mow again, it's in short supply at this time of year. Grass is generally happier a bit longer, this is partially important during periods of drought, so the lawn doesn't take on a parched, yellow appearance.

The secret to a great lawn is not that superfine, tight knit bowling green grass - it's cutting the edges. If you cut the edges all the weeds will magically disappear from the forefront of your mind and your lawn will look super-neat. Even better - get the half-moon edgers out and recut the edges, but that is a job for another day.

Mown lawn

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