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Mowing Tips for Hot Weather

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It’s not everyone’s favourite job in the garden, but it is essential you follow a regular mowing regime. The more often your lawn is mown the better it will look. Of course, this only applies if correct mowing is adhered to! 
During hot weather, your grass will be under a lot of stress. It’s best to let your grass grow a bit longer than usual so it can retain as much water as possible to survive the dry weather.


GreenThumb’s Top Mowing Tips for Hot Weather…
•    If the grass is dry and not growing, do not mow it. 
•    If there is some growth or it looks unsightly with tufts of growth here and there, then only trim the tops of the leaf try and keep the height to 50mm (2”). This will help to protect the soil, keep it cool and this will help when the rains come.
•    Avoid mowing in the heat of the day to prevent heat stress on your grass and yourself.
•    Check your mowers blade regularly and sharpen or replace if necessary. If you don’t, it may tear the grass blade and increase the chance of disease. 
•    Ensure you clean and remove grass from the underside of the mower, after you have finished. 
•    Change the mowing pattern each time you mow. Grass develops a grain based on your cutting direction, tending to lean towards the direction you mow. Alternating the pattern allows the opportunity for all grass species to grow.


If you do cut your lawn, we must stress you keep to or above 50mm (2’’). 
Allowing the lawn to be slightly longer will help the grass blade to shade the soil and reduce water loss due to evaporation. Any lower, this will stress the grass plant and can lead to bald patches, an increase in weeds, pests, as well as the risk of lawn disease! 
A healthy lawn can survive an occasional close cut but repeatedly scalping the lawn is damaging. 


Have you heard about SlowMow?
Give yourself and your lawn a break with our SlowMow treatment. 
This growth regulator reduces the grass roots’ growing rate, meaning you don’t have to mow as often. This intelligent treatment will also make your lawn look thicker and healthier, improving your lawn overall appearance. 
Find out more about SlowMow here: https://www.greenthumb.co.uk/lawn-treatments/slowmow


 


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