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TREAT YOUR LAWN TO A FIRST CUT.

Byline: Jim Kirkwood

THE daffodils are out and blossom is blooming, both sure-fire signs that spring has sprung and its time to get out in the garden - and one of the first jobs is to mow the lawn.

The first mow of the year is really important as it removes any dead grass tips left over from the winter and stimulates growth to help your lawn grow greener and more thickly.

Here are my top tips for getting the best out of your first season's mow: Pre-mow preparation Before powering up your mower, rake your lawn thoroughly to rid your lawn of any leaves and to help aerate your lawn.

Aerating your lawn allows the circulation of oxygen into the soil which encourages root growth at the beginning of the season.

Mower height Adjust the height of your mower so you only take off the top third of the grass blade.

Cutting your lawn too short can damage the grass and expose it to disease and unexpected weather like spring frosts and heavy dews.

In early spring the average lawn should be around about 3cm long, you can then take it down to around 2.5cm in summer.

Evening mowing Mowing in the evening actually puts less strain on your lawn than a daytime trim and never mow when it's wet or covered in dew. Look out for mowers with 'mute' technology or low noise options - some even have functions to make them inaudible from 10 metres, so there's no need to risk annoying your neighbours while tackling your lawn!

Conditioning your law n Opt for a mower with a mulching function. The grass clippings will be continually cut in the mowers drum until they are very fine creating a mulch, this then falls back on to the lawn, enriching it so it grows thicker.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 13, 2011
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