How to Mow Your Lawn
Cutting grass is one of those tasks that possibly faces the majority of people either from time to time, or on a regular basis. How anybody might feel about doing it can range from it being an unwanted chore to an obsession, and the ways of achieving it have been many and various over the years. Done with a Scythe once upon a time, and even though scything is enjoying a come back with enthusiasts, there are easier ways of doing it. But cutting grass is not the only concern. What about weeds or moss? What about thatch and diseases? Compaction, waterlogging, fungi? Fertilizers, which and when?
For the purposes of this blog, we shall assume a general purpose turf which includes dwarf Rye Grass and just talk about cutting.
When we think about it in these more modern times, we have a huge range of options open to us. Cut it ourselves, leave it for as long as we can and hope that someone else will do it, pay a family member or friend to do it or maybe pay for a garden services company to do it. So let’s assume that we want our lawn to be the best that it can be, and that we are going to do it ourselves. So what type of mower is best ?
So there are basically two types readily available … those that actually cut it like a pair of scissors would, or those where a sharpened blade hits the grass at such speed that it takes the top of the grass blade off by force. As the average golfer amongst us will be aware when our ball mysteriously ends up in the rough, even a golf club will cut grass ! Both types of mower are able to either collect or leave the clippings.
A ‘Cylinder Mower’ is the more expensive of the two types simply because its two blades have to be precisely machined so as to match one another.