Hurrah! Summer is here and now is the time to get out to the garden and really enjoy your lawn.
As the sun appears, the need to take out your lawn mower becomes more frequent. So whether it’s a joy or a chore, we’ll teach you how to mow grass correctly in summer with our handy guide below.
First, it’s important to realise that mowing your lawn correctly increases lawn quality, decreases weeds/disease and helps keep a lawn's appearance. Remember to regularly service your lawn mower and keep the blades sharp! After each cut, clean out the undercarriage and empty the clippings bag.
Check out our video guide below on best practices for mowing your lawn:
Mowing grass during the summer months
As the weather really begins to warm up in May and June, your lawn will require frequent mowing. For lawns, which include varieties such as Perennial Ryegrass, usually hardwearing and family-friendly grasses, aim for a blade height of 4cm, which is the medium level on most mowers. For fine-leafed, ornamental-style lawns, which include a high proportion of fescues, aim to cut to a height of 2cm.
Grass growth rate in July and August
In July and August, the weather conditions can affect the growth habits of your lawn. Generally, in Southern England, your lawn may grow slower as it is quite dry and usually warmer. If this is the case, we recommend you continue to cut it at least once every two weeks. If you are based in northerly parts of the UK, you may find regular cutting is still required right through the summer.
Don't mow your grass during a summer heatwave
Be aware your grass can be temperamental in very hot weather. The best practice is to raise your mower blades since close cutting may damage the grass. But if the lawn is not growing due to drought conditions, do not attempt to cut it!
As the weather begins to downturn and the heat returns to normal, you will find that light rains will boost growth in the grass again during late August and September. The mowing rate will be similar to May and June. This time of year creates the perfect conditions for moss growth with the heat and moisture. You may want to consider applying a Feed, Weed and Mosskiller, and it is also good practice to keep your lawn at a higher blade level.
Our Summer Lawn Care advice blog post is a good source for further reading to keep your lawn looking fantastic this time of year.