Our DIY guy Andrew Donkin is a dab hand with a lawn mower. This is how he does it.
- Move pots and furniture off the lawn and remove any stones, chewed dog bones or other hard objects, as well as dog poop.
- Mow when the lawn is dry and use sharp blades.
- It’s best to mow often, giving the lawn a light cut each time. Drastic cutting leads to sunburn and ugly brown patches.
- If the grass is very long, cut it down in stages, removing one third of its length the first time, then cut a little lower two to three days later, and lower a few days later, until you reach the desired height.
- Don’t set your mower blades too low as stones and debris could fly up and injure you.
- For safety, keep at least 15 metres away from other people or animals while mowing.
- Mow from left to right so the clippings come to rest on the mown area and not the area still to be cut.
- Change the pattern of your mowing every few weeks for a healthier lawn and cleaner cut.
- To mow sections of lawn edged with bricks, paving or cobbles, simply place one wheel of the mower on the edging.
- Once you’re done, use manual shears, power shears or a line trimmer to trim the edges where the mower couldn’t reach.
- Don’t leave large objects on the lawn – in a matter of days they make ugly marks.
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