Master the Art of Lawn Mowing: Essential Tips and Tricks

Master the Art of Lawn Mowing: Essential Tips and Tricks
If you want your lawn to look like it's been professionally maintained, we've got you covered with these expert tips on mowing. From utilizing various garden tools like garden rollers, turf cutters, rotary lawn mowers, and strimmers, to achieving a high-quality finish, we'll provide all the necessary guidance to mow your entire lawn to perfection.
Don't have the right tools? No worries! You can easily rent all the specialized garden equipment we recommend from the convenient and cost-effective Wicklow Hire website.
Consider Renting a Specialised Lawn Mower
If you've noticed that your lawn mowing skills are not up to par or that cutting the grass takes longer than it should, it might be time to upgrade your lawn mower. We understand that purchasing a new mower can be costly and may not be a top priority compared to other household equipment. 
Petrol Push Mower – Ideal for small-medium sized gardens looking after general grass cutting
Petrol Self Propelled Mower – Ideal for medium-large sized gardens looking after general grass cutting
Flail Mower – Designed for cutting long grass, great for clearing overgrown gardens
For a professional finish, opt for our petrol lawn mowers, perfect for mowing large areas with dense clumps of grass. The adjustable cutting deck of a rotary mower makes it ideal for restoring overgrown grass lawns. Renting a modern and efficient mower not only saves you money but also ensures you won't have to worry about your old mower breaking down on you.
Set the Perfect Grass Cutting Height
One of the most crucial lawn mowing tips is to set your mower at the right grass cutting height. Keeping the grass slightly longer is generally healthier and more visually appealing than cutting it too short. The only advantage of very short grass is that it will take longer to grow back, reducing the frequency of mowing.
A good rule of thumb is to remove only about one-third (⅓) of the grass height each time you mow. Experts recommend a mower blade height of 3 to 3.5 inches (7.6 - 8.9 cm) for the most professional-looking lawn. If your lawn has some patches, consider leaving it a little longer (around 4 to 5 inches) to help even out the appearance.
Adjust Blade Height According to the Season
Tailoring your mower height to the weather or season can significantly impact the health and appearance of your lawn. In winter, setting the cutting deck to around 2 inches will give your lawn a neat and professional finish. Before and after the warmer seasons, consider increasing the blade height slightly to allow the grass to grow properly, benefiting the roots when sunlight is less consistent.
During hot and dry weather, raising the blade height will encourage the grass to grow longer. Thicker grass provides better moisture absorption and offers shade to the soil, leading to a healthier and greener lawn. Additionally, you might want to consider scarifying your lawn before or after the season to remove dead moss and grass cuttings and maintain the beauty of your lawn.
Avoid Mowing on Wet Days
It may seem obvious, but it's worth emphasizing: avoid mowing a wet lawn. Cutting wet grass can lead to noticeable grooves left by the mower's wheels and clumps of wet grass clippings covering your lawn. Wet blades of grass can also cause problems on your patio and paving, leaving smears or streaks of colour.
Aerate Your Lawn for Healthier Growth
While we focus on mowing tips, enriching your soil is equally essential for a thriving garden. Using a lawn aerator can help improve drainage and alleviate soil compaction, allowing water and air to reach the grassroots. This promotes healthy grass growth and encourages a lush lawn. Consider renting a hollow-powered lawn aerator from us for a healthier garden.
Although lawn aeration may not always be necessary, it's beneficial to do it in preparation for spring and summer, when you'll be mowing more frequently. Remember, a healthy lawn will always look more appealing, regardless of how often you mow it.

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