Mowing and Watering
Our lawn treatment quotation folder which is provided with each lawn survey contains more information on these subjects, but please find below some basic guidlines;
- During growing season, try to mow it once a week
- If possible vary the direction that you mow
- Make sure that your mower blades are sharp
- Do not leave clippings on the lawn
- Do not cut off more than 1/3 of the grass leaf in one cut
- Never cut the lawn shorter than 1″ (2.5cm) and aim for a standard cut height of about 1.5″. In hot periods raise this to 2”
Grass is very sensitive to the amount of water available to it. The sword, or leaf, is 90% water and the roots of the average domestic lawn are no deeper than 3”. This means that the lawn will probably be stressed from the lack of moisture sooner than most other plants in your garden. The good news is that most grass types can withstand fairly long spells and will recover quickly once the soil re-hydrates. The bad news is that if the soil does become dehydrated the grass will not look at its best and may even go brown and patchy.
If you are unable to water your lawn during dry periods it is better to give it a thorough soaking once, or preferably twice a week than to water it little and often. Many of our customers are on water meters and are reluctant to bear the cost of watering a lawn, we understand this but urge you to check with your water company what their usage charges are. The last time we checked the average charge for 1000 litres was about 90 pence. This amount would keep a 100sq meters of grass healthy for a whole week, even in the harshest drought. We recommend watering in the late afternoon or evening and advise that watering in hot, direct sunlight should be avoided.