If you want to permanently own a healthy and dense lawn carpet, you cannot avoid regular and correct lawn mowing. In a clear summary, we give you some tips on how to mow the lawn correctly.
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How often do you mow the lawn?
The frequency of mowing depends on the season. After all, the grass is a plant like any other that adapts to the seasons in its growth cycle. In early summer, the grass shoots up in a very short time, while growth slows towards autumn and is finally stopped in winter. Accordingly, the lawn should be mowed at least once a week during the strong growth phase from May to June, depending on the growth, even two mowings can not hurt. In the hot summer months, weekly to bi-weekly lawn mowing is sufficient.
Frequent mowing strengthens the grass plants. The lawn can then compact better and keep wild herbs at bay.
The right cutting height
The correct cutting height depends on the type of lawn and whether it is in the sun or in the shade. A useful lawn should have a cutting height of 3 to 5 cm. Ornamental lawn, however, is usually kept at 2 to 4 cm. Cutting the lawn too low can damage the lawn. A very short lawn requires a lot of maintenance and has to be watered regularly. A lawn that is too short can be damaged by heat and burns. However, if it is too high, there is a risk of moss formation. In addition, wild herbs then have the chance to spread.
Like other plants, a lawn needs sunlight to be able to perform photosynthesis and to grow as a result. The lawn absorbs sunlight through its leaves. Lawn lying in the shade should, therefore, be left at least 5 centimeters in order to be able to catch the necessary sunlight.
What to do in high grass
Time has run away again, it is the middle of May, the lawn is in all its glory and has not been mown once? In this case, avoid radical solutions. Do not trim the lawn from 15 centimeters to 2 centimeters of the decorative lawn. The shock to the plants would actually be too great. If too much lawn is cut off at once, the grass plants put all their energy into vertical growth. Little side shoots are formed, the lawn becomes less dense. Follow the rule of thumb: Always shorten the tall lawn by a maximum of 1/3 and then bring the lawn to the desired height in a second or third pass, leaving the lawn with a break in between.
When to mow the lawn?
The lawn should not be mowed when wet. When dry, the cutting blades of the lawnmowers can grip the blades of grass better and the plants are less damaged. As for the season, the lawn should be mowed in spring as soon as it starts to grow again. In autumn, the last mowing process should be carried out in November, so that the lawn is well prepared for winter.
The times for mowing the lawn are regulated in Germany. The times have been adjusted since 2008 and now follow an EU directive. The times for lawn mowing are now regulated in the 32nd Federal Immission Control Ordinance and depend on the mower used. You are on the safe side if you mow your lawn between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For the exact times, it is best to inquire with your local authority, as these can also vary locally.
Which lawnmower is best suited for cutting grass? Whether you choose a rotary mower, sickle mower or hover mower plays a subordinate role. It is important, however, that the knife blades are kept sharp (ideally sharpen once a year) so that the blades of grass are cut off accurately. How to get a nice lawn.
Why mow the lawn at all?
In conclusion: does a lawn have to be mowed at all? No. However, it then turns into a magnificent summer meadow within a very short time. This is beautiful to look at, but not suitable for lying or playing. If your heart bleeds when you mow the early summer flowers, you can consider leaving part of the lawn uncut and leaving it to the free play of nature. This is certainly beneficial for the biodiversity in your garden.