Get your mowers at the ready - the 7th April marks 'First Cut Sunday'
April is normally the most popular month for homeowners to give their lawn the first mow of the year, and in 2019, it's the first Sunday of April that's been chosen.
Now that (fingers crossed) the weather is brightening up and temperatures are increasing, homeowners up and down the country will be starting to think about their outdoor spaces, along with what they need to do to get it ready for a summer of fun. April is actually the perfect time for ensuring the lawn is fertilised to boost nutrients, encourage root health, and ensure the grass has enough energy for the season ahead.
That's where the experts at Flymo come in - they're sharing their tips to make sure you're prepped and ready to go this 'First Cut Sunday'...
1. Respect the one third rule
When you're cutting your lawn for the first time, make sure you always follow the one third rule. In short, you never want to cut off more than a third of the blade of grass in one go, as removing more can stress it. Once you've started, you can then gradually reduce the length of the lawn over several weeks, until it's at its desired length. Otherwise, cutting the grass too short, too fast, in something known as 'scalping', opens your lawn up to disease and weed infestation.
2. Cutting height
Is your lawn looking rather unkempt after the colder months? Chances are, it could appear like it's been growing with a mind of its own. But there's nothing to worry about - simply follow the one third rule but carry it out in stages over several weeks. You can then gradually begin to lower the cutting height on your lawnmower until you've reached your preferred length.
3. New grass
If you're mowing new grass that has been grown from the seed, it will be noticeably weaker than the rest of the lawn - it can be easily damaged if cut incorrectly. It's actually best to wait for the grass to grow over three inches before mowing for the first time, as this gives it the chance to build up resistance.
Make sure you remember the edges when you cut your lawn for the first time. Otherwise, overgrown edges will create an unsightly appearance, meaning you will have wasted the time and effort spent in the garden.
5. How often
After giving it its first cut of the season, it could be time to mow once or twice a week to maintain your chosen length. This is because warm weather encourages a garden to grow.
Tips courtesy of Flymo