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Lawn: ‘Always’ follow the ‘one third rule’ when mowing grass to avoid ’weed infestation’


During the winter months, the lawn often doesn’t need to be cut for a couple of months due to the cold temperatures. This can cause it to look unkempt when spring comes around with brown patches and long grass. However, there are plenty of jobs that can be done this month to bring it back to life.

British garden specialists, Flymo, explained: “When cutting your lawn for the first time, you should always follow the one third rule.

“Never cut more than a third of the blade of grass in one go, as cutting more than this can stress the grass.

“You should gradually reduce the grass length over a number of weeks to reach the desired length.

“Cutting the grass too short, too fast is known as scalping, which can lead to disease and weed infestation.”

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Gardeners should also aim to cut their lawn once or twice a week, according to the experts.

They explained: “Following your first cut of the season, you may need to mow your lawn once or twice a week to maintain the length you desire.

“This is due to the warm weather encouraging your garden to grow.

“If this is the case it’s best to choose a lightweight, compact and cordless device for optimum manoeuvrability, which will make the task quick with a lawn finish you will be proud of.”

For those with brown patches on their grass, it may be time to sow new grass seeds, which can also be sown towards the end of summer if gardeners don’t get round to it.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) said: “Seed germinates most readily in early autumn and mid-spring.

“The soil is warm, there is plenty of moisture and the weather is neither too cold nor too hot.

“Germination should take between seven and 10 days and seedlings will become established before the first severe frosts in late autumn, this is the preferred time as the roots establish better through the winter.

“Sowing seed in spring, grass will want to flower quite early.”



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