The first grass cut of the year

the first grass cutIt’s a little early in most parts of the country to be getting stuck into the lawn with spring renovation but you may well need to mow the grass.

Mowing the lawn in the right conditions, at the right height and frequency are always important but the first few cuts are even more important because the grass is not yet growing steadily so the potential for damage is greater.

First check the mower. It needs to be running effiiciently with clean sharp blades; if not get it sorted now before the grass grows rapidly and the mower service centres are too busy to help.

Now, put it on the highest setting and check the lawn. It’s likely to be driest on a windy afternoon so that’s your target. Mow slower than normal, it may be slightly bumpy from frost and worm casts but that will soon settle or get the roller out. Be careful with the turns as this is where most damage occurs. Go to mowing the lawn for more advice on how to improve the lawn by mowing correctly.

Once done give the mower a good clean and let it dry. It’s also a good idea to check the lawn for moss now you’ve removed some grass. Does it need a moss treatment?

For other lawn care treatments in March go to the March Lawn Diary