HOW TO MOW YOUR LAWN
How to Mow Your Lawn
Cut twice a week in Summer and once a week in Spring and Autumn
Step 1: Always mow in dry weather. Mower blades will cut better when it is dry and will not clog with wet grass. Remove debris such as stones which could damage the blades and make sure the blade is sharp.
Step 2: Set mowing height at the highest setting for the first cut of the year. Never take off more than one third. In Spring and Autumn keep grass at 4cm (1.5 inches). In Summer 2.5cm (1 inch).
Step 3: Collect clippings or rake them up as this helps prevent fungal infections but in very dry conditions they can be left on the grass to lock in moisture.
Step 4: Unless you have treated your lawn with a weedkiller, put the clippings on your compost heap, layering it with woodier material.
Step 5: Mow up and down in straight lines ensuring you slightly overlap to avoid leaving tufts of grass. Start in the middle with a straight line across if you have an irregular lawn, mowing one side at a time.
Step 6: To get stripes, your mower must have a roller. Try to cut in a different direction each week. That way you will catch all the stray blades of grass
Step 7: Finish off by mowing around the perimeter which will tidy up any marks made by turning the mower.
Step 8: Once you have finished mowing, smarten up the edge with a pair of long-handled edging shears and tidy up the clippings.