There are several basic principles for cutting lawns.
- Remember the 1/3 rule do not cut more than this off the grass and leave at least 48 hours between cuts to reduce the height
- Mow in different directions either everytime or at least once a month
- Overlap each cut by at least 1” for roller mowers and 2” for wheeled mowers.
- To get a dead straight line across a large lawn pick a non movable object, like a tree, pylon etc. preferably 200 yrds away or further and walk straight towards it.
- When turning round do it a different distance from the edge so visit one three stripes around outside, visit two five stripes around outside, visit three four stripes around outside. This avoids soil compaction on the edges, and change direction of the stripes as for item 2.
- If you have to mow when lawns are really wet it is good to use a twitch or hose to remove excess moisture, and if possible do this on arrival and then cut the grass at the end of the visit. Slow down with the mower but try not to reduce blade speed.
- If the lawn has a slightly silvery look when cut, the blade probably needs sharpening.
- Look at the lawn as you mow, remove molehills and other debris, and look for weeds, moss and other signs of an unhealthy lawn.
- Do not cut a lawn if a frost is imminent and do not walk on a frozen lawn if possible.