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9 Tips for Mowing Your Lawn in Winter

Winter can be a challenging season for lawn care in Australia, especially in areas where grass becomes dormant.  

However, with the right tools and techniques, you can keep your lawn healthy and well-maintained, ready to spring into action when the season changes.  

Here are some tips for mowing lawns during winter in Australia. 

Adjust the mower blades

During winter, its best to keep your mower blades slightly higher to protect the grass from the cooler temperatures. This will also help the grass to grow deeper roots, making it more resistant to drought when spring and summer arrive.

Don’t cut your grass too short

Cutting your grass too short during winter can cause it to become stressed and die off. Aim to leave the grass at least 5cm high to protect the roots and retain moisture. There’s a guide to the best lawn mowing heights for your grass type here.

Mow less often

During winter, the growth rate of your lawn will slow down. Its best to mow less frequently and only if needed to avoid causing unnecessary stress to the grass. 

Keep your mower blades sharp

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

Don’t mow wet grass

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

Water your lawn less frequently

During winter, the cooler temperatures and increased rainfall mean that you can water your lawn less frequently. Water deeply when you do, and aim to keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged.

Keep your lawn clear of debris

Before mowing, make sure your lawn is clear of debris, such as sticks and rocks. This will help prevent damage to your mower and keep your lawn looking clean and well-maintained.

Don’t over-fertilise

During winter, your lawn will require less nutrients than during the growing season. Use a slow-release fertiliser sparingly if necessary to avoid over-fertilising and causing stress to your lawn.

Avoid mowing during frost

Mowing your lawn during frost can cause damage to the grass and soil compaction. Wait until the frost has melted and the grass has dried before mowing to avoid causing damage. There’s a guide to winter lawn care here.

Maintaining a healthy and beautiful lawn during winter in Australia requires a different approach than during the growing season.  

By following these tips, you can keep your lawn looking healthy and well-maintained all winter long.  

Remember to adjust the mower blades, avoid cutting the grass too short, and mow less frequently. Keep your mower blades sharp, avoid mowing wet grass and water your lawn less often. Clear debris from your lawn, avoid over-fertilising, and don’t mow when there’s frost on the grass.

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