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Lawn Mowing in the Winter

Countrywide, we have been hit with wild weather these last few months. The temperature has definitely dropped, the shorts and t-shirts have been packed away, and wellies are the star of the show. Hot water bottles and woolly blankets have most likely been your best friends these past few months. With all that going on, next on the list is how we cut the lawns in the winter months. 

Should I be mowing the lawns when the winter hits? 

During the colder months, mowing your lawn every 4 weeks on average, as this amount tends to be beneficial. Keeping your lawn at a height that means it doesn’t start to bend over from being too tall is important. If your grass does do this, it will create its own shade which develops the right environment for disease to develop. Just like the rest of your garden plants, your lawn needs airflow too. While we appreciate that the regular downpours make it harder to plan your cuts, if you can do it as and when you can, this will do your lawn plenty of favours and ensure it gets a good head start for the spring. 

How do I mow the lawns during the wet weather?

Very light showers are fairly easy to work around with a brisk clean of the lawnmower afterwards. However, after the long spells of a heavy downpour, it’s not the best idea to mow in that weather. The cut won’t be beneficial to your lawn and the lawn mower will likely damage the lawn instead of helping it.

Our advice would be to avoid mowing in and after heavy rain. If you were to do this, it won’t get the best results, the mower would sink into the soil and churn up the lawn, while the wet grass will stick in the mower and cause clogging. This will then leave grass deposits all over the lawn which, if left, will damage the lawn they are covering. 

How do I know if it is too wet to mow? 

A good test is if your lawn sinks underfoot, it is far too wet, and the added weight of your lawn mower will definitely be too much for your lawn in that state. You probably want to leave your lawn, for now, this wild weather means your lawn won’t be able to handle it. Leave it until your lawn has got a bit drier from the weather.

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