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Cutting and feeding your lawn are just two of the ways you can keep your lawn looking lush and healthy. But are you mowing it properly?
Find out the best way to cut your lawn and what to do with the clippings, as well as our top tips on how to care for your lawn throughout the different seasons.
The height of the blades on most mowers can be easily adjusted using a lever, although on some hover mowers you'll need to add or remove spacers, which is a bit more fiddly.
At the start of the mowing season in spring, set the blades high then gradually lower them over the weeks, until you reach the main cutting height of 25mm. Cutting lower than this can result in a lawn that is weakened and more susceptible to drought and other problems.
For luxury lawns that don't get used much, you can cut as low as 12mm in summer.
To get stripes when you mow, you'll need a lawn mower with a roller as this will squash the grass flat after the mower cuts it. Hover mowers never have rollers, but most other types of mowers can have rollers, although it depends on the individual model.
When cutting stripes, it's important to mow up and down the lawn to get the neat effect you want. The stripes are created by the light reflecting off the grass blades. Grass facing towards you looks dark, while grass facing away from you looks light. The contrast of the two creates the stripes.
Longer grass creates the best effect as the grass blades bend further than shorter grass.
It's best to cut the grass when it's dry as wet grass clippings are harder for the mower to pick up and you're likely to get lumps of clippings left on the lawn. When Which? Gardening tests lawn mowers we give them a mark for how well they cut wet grass.
You should never cut frosty grass as you'll damage the grass and can leave marks wear you've been.
Some mowers offer a mulching function that cuts up the clippings very finely and pushes them back into the turf as a mulch so you don't need to pick them up.
Most mowers have a collection bag or box that fills with clippings as you mow. Many have an indicator so that you can easily check how full the bag is and whether it needs to be emptied. When Which? Gardening tests lawn mowers, we mark them for how well they fill their grass-collection bag. Find out more in our .
You can put grass clippings in your green-waste collection bin, although if you've used weedkiller on the lawn check the packaging to know how many cuts should go in the bin rather than recycling.
You can also compost your grass clippings. When Which? Gardening magazine tested different methods of composting grass clippings, we found that it's best to either add leaves from deciduous trees at a ratio of one part leaves to one part grass clippings or to add soil at the same ratio. Both methods absorbed the liquid in grass clippings and prevented them turning slimy.
In the growing season between spring and early autumn, the lawn will be growing strongly and should be cut every week or even twice a week if possible. This will stop it growing too long and keep clippings to a minimum.
In winter, grass only needs cutting very occasionally if there's been a mild spell of weather and it's grown again.
Grass gets a lot of wear over the warmer months, so make sure your lawn is in tip top condition.
Getting your lawn in shape after a busy summer of heavy usage is well worth the effort.
The best strategy is normally to leave the lawn alone during winter, but there are some jobs that are good to do.