First mow of the season

First mow of the season

by Daniel Woodhouse

What some weather we've been having. Every now and then we get a glimpse that spring is just around the corner, followed by a spell of frost. Soon we will all be back out in the gardens, and starting to mow the lawn again. Mine has started to see some slow growth and is almost at the point where it could do with a cut. If you like myself are looking out at your lawn wondering if it's a good time to mow it for the first time this year, here's some tips.

If you haven't done so already, now is a good time to fill in any holes, flatten molehills and to even out a bumpy lawn. Once the lawn springs into life it will grow over any repair work and give it the best chance to fill out.

We all know it but we don't always do so. Wait for your lawn to be as dry as possible before you mow it. If we get a weekend of good weather, wait until later in the day to mow to allow it as much time as possible to dry. The most important thing is the height of cut. The first mow should take no more than 1/3rd off the length so you don't shock the grass. This will also prevent cutting too low where the grass may still be a little damp. Set your mower's cutting height to one of its highest settings and cut as normal. Cutting too short at this time of year can cause long-term damage if the temperatures drop back down.

If you notice any weeds growing through the lawn, now is a great time to treat them. Try using a spring lawn feed as many of these contain ingredients designed to control spring weeds and will help your lawn grow healthy when we enter the warmer months.

Put simply, be sure not to rush in with the first cut, but instead plan a series of mows over a couple of weeks, gradually working your way down to your desired height. Come mid-spring your lawn will look full and healthy, and will be more durable for the family croquet games in summer.

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