How to Mow Long Grass

Tips and tricks for mowing long grass

So, you’ve put off mowing your grass for a little while and now it’s looking pretty long and unkempt. Don’t worry, it’s happened to most of us at one point or another. Life gets busy, and it’s easy to let the thought of keeping the grass in check fall to the wayside.

With spring here and summer on the way, your the growth of your grass is probably picking up, and something that might have been easy to ignore in the winter could be making its way back to the forefront of your mind.

If you have noticed your lawn has gotten a little long, don’t stress. There are methods for cutting long grass that can make the process less daunting. Plus, if you still feel like it’s a bit too tricky after reading the steps to getting your lawn under control, you can always contact our friendly professionals at Jim’s Mowing to lend a hand.

Today, we take a look at some tips and tricks to mowing long grass. Read on to find out more!

Watch how the professionals do it

Watch the video below which features Jim’s Group founder and CEO, Jim Penman demonstrating just how he goes about mowing long grass. Jim also explains methods such as not letting the revs die down, overlapping with the previously mowed section, and keeping your grass tub behind you for easy unloading.

Use a catcher

When mowing long grass, attach a grass catcher to your mower. This will save you from having to rake up all the cut grass at the end of the mowing session. 

Mow in and don’t let the revs die down

Start by pushing the mower along a patch of grass until the revs start to fall out. Once this happens, pull the mower back towards you. This double cuts the grass which helps with the longer grass that can be tricky to cut in a single sweep.

Use overlap to your advantage

Once you have double-cut a section of lawn, move the mower slightly to the right, so that only the right-hand side of the mower is cutting the new grass. This allows the mower to pick up easier.

Keep your grass tub nearby

Keep your grass tub, or the spot where you will be depositing the grass clippings nearby. This will allow you to regularly unload the mower catcher into the tub and mean you don’t have to walk too far to do so. These clippings can be added to a compost bin, or dried and used as mulch for other areas of your garden.

Move in a semi-circle pattern

When mowing long grass, move in a semi-circle pattern. This can help be achieved by using the overlap method mentioned earlier.

Which mower should you choose?

In these tips, we are talking about using a standard petrol push mower that has a grass catcher attachment available, however, you could also cut long grass with a ride on mower. If you’re looking to purchase a mower to get started, be sure to do plenty of research into the different types and styles available for different needs.

Wear the right protective gear

When mowing a lawn of any length, it’s important to ensure you are wearing protective gear. Wear closed-in shoes and long pants for protection. When mowing in the Australian heat, a hat should also be worn for sun protection. Other protection you can wear includes protective goggles, a long sleeve shirt, and gloves.

Set aside enough time

Getting halfway through a job and then needing to leave to complete another obligation can be frustrating. Cutting long grass can take longer than giving your lawn a trim at regular intervals, so keep this in mind when setting aside time to mow your long grass. It’s better to allocate a little too much time and finish sooner than anticipated than to find yourself running out of time for the job. 

Mow during a cooler part of the day

Try to avoid mowing during the hottest times of the day. If you can, mow early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Mowing during a cooler time of the day can help keep you out of the harshest times for the sun, and can also keep you from getting tired (or hot and bothered) as quickly. 

Call in the experts – Jim’s Mowing!

If the prospect of mowing long grass seems a little bit much for you, or you’ve found yourself too busy to get the job done yourself, don’t be afraid to call in the experts. Jim’s Mowing has many franchisees across Australia that can lend a hand to get your lawn back under control. Get in touch with us today for a free quote!

It can be easy to forget about needing to cut your grass, only to realise what has happened when the grass has already grown long. Looking out to your backyard and seeing long grass can feel a little overwhelming, but the process of getting your yard back under control doesn’t need to be stressful. Simply allocate plenty of hours to the job at hand, and approach the task one step at a time. Watch the video we have linked above to see just how the professionals tackle this kind of job. If you are still feeling like the task is too much for you to take care of, call in the experts at Jim’s Mowing to help you out. 

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