11 Tips for Mowing your Lawn in Summer

11 Tips for Mowing your Lawn in Summer

lawn mower being used on backyardSummer is the peak season for lawn mowing in Australia – the sunshine and heat encourage rapid growth and we’re spending more time outdoors, so it’s easier to notice when the grass is getting long. 

Keeping your lawn healthy and well-maintained during the hot summer months can be challenging, however with the right tools and techniques, you can make your lawn look lush and green all season long.  

Here are 11 tips for homeowners mowing lawns during summer in Australia.

Mow early in the morning or late in the evening

mowing lawnThe best time to mow your lawn during summer is early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler. Mowing during the heat of the day can put extra stress on your lawn and cause it to brown off and die.

Adjust the mower blades

Make sure your mower blades are set at the correct height. During summer, its best to keep the blades slightly higher to help protect the growing points from the harsh sun and heat. This will also help the grass to grow deeper roots, making it more resistant to drought.

Don’t cut your grass too short

Cutting your grass too short, commonly known as scalping, can cause it to brown off and die during summer. Aim to leave the grass at least 5cm high in sunny areas to protect the roots and retain moisture. Theres a guide to the best lawn mowing heights for your grass type here.

Mow regularly

Mowing your lawn regularly during summer is essential to keep it healthy and well-maintained. However, you should never cut more than one-third of the blade length at a time. This will help prevent stress on the grass and allow it to recover quickly. 

Keep your mower blades sharp

Dull mower blades can cause damage to the grass, making it more susceptible to diseases and pests. Make sure your mower blades are sharp before mowing to ensure a clean cut. 

Water your lawn deeply and less often

Water your lawn deeply and less frequently during summer. This will help encourage the roots to grow deeper, making the grass more drought resistant. Watering in the early morning or late evening will also help reduce evaporation. There’s a guide to summer lawn care here.

Remove debris before mowing

Before mowing, remove any debris from your lawn, such as rocks or sticks. This will help prevent damage to your mower and keep your lawn looking clean and well-maintained.

Don’t over-fertilise

Over-fertilising can cause your lawn to grow too quickly, making it more susceptible to disease and pests. Use a slow-release fertiliser to help your grass grow healthy and strong throughout the season. 

Don’t mow wet grass

Mowing wet grass can cause damage to both your lawn and mower. Wait until the grass is dry before mowing to ensure a clean cut.

Use a mulching mower

Mulching leaves by running over them with a lawnmower.

Using a mulching mower during summer can help your lawn retain both moisture and nutrients. The mulched grass clippings will decompose, providing your lawn with natural fertiliser. 

Hire a professional

If you dont have the time or expertise to maintain your lawn during summer, consider hiring a professional. A professional lawn care service can help keep your lawn healthy and well-maintained throughout the season, even when youre away on a much needed holiday.


Maintaining a healthy and beautiful lawn during summer in Australia requires regular care and attention.  

By following these tips, you can keep your lawn looking green and lush all season long. Remember to mow early in the morning or late in the evening, adjust the mower blades, and water deeply and less frequently.  

Keep your mower blades sharp, remove debris before mowing, and avoid over-fertilising. Don’t mow wet grass, use a mulching mower, and consider hiring a professional if needed.  

By following these tips, you can enjoy a healthy and beautiful lawn all summer long.

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