Grass cutting: ‘Damage’ caused by cutting lawn in winter – when to get your mower out


Gardens are often neglected throughout the colder months due to growth slowing down. This means grass tends to grow at a slower rate and doesn’t need to be cut as often, if at all. One expert has warned Britons that cutting the grass when the conditions are wrong could cause damage.

Lawns tend to not need cutting between November and February due to the growth slowing down.

During this time however, it is important to maintain it to ensure it will grow nice and green the following spring.

According to one expert, cutting it when the conditions are wrong could cause damage.

Harry Turner, Product Manager at Kärcher, said: “Between November and February, you can get away with mowing less frequently than in summer as the drop in temperature actually means the growth of your lawn will slow down.

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The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) explained that if gardeners want to mow their lawn on a frosty day, they should wait until the afternoon when it has cleared up.

The website said: “Wait until later in the day when the lawn has dried out or defrosted, or postpone mowing to another day.

“Mowing itself is relatively straight forward. It is the mowing height that can cause problems.

“For the first mowing in spring or after allowing the grass to grow long, set the cutting height to the highest setting.

“Thereafter, gradually reduce the height of the cut until the desired height is reached.

“For fine lawns, this will be six to 13 millimetres. For ordinary ornamental lawns this will be 13 to 25 millimetres in summer and up to 40 millimetres in spring and autumn.”

You should also avoid walking on lawns when it is frosty as it can damage the grass, leading to brown marks.

Gardeners are also encouraged to continue removing leaves from lawns before they block out light and moisture to the grass.

How can you take care of the lawn throughout the winter months?

Throughout the winter it can rain a lot, which can cause water logging problems. 

The RHS said: “Watch your lawn for signs of water logging, as the weather gets wetter.

“You may be able to remedy this with some maintenance – either now, next spring, or the following autumn.

“If your lawn suffers dieback from treading during the wet, muddy season, then you may wish to lay stepping-stones through it to allow easy access across it without causing damage.

“Stones can be laid at a low enough level to avoid interference with mowing.”


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