1. How low can you go?
Mowing Team Leader Gus Anderson says you should cut a maximum of “one third of the leaf” each mow.
“That’s crucial for maintaining the health of your lawn.”
If you cut it lower the grass can initially “bounce back” and grow more quickly, meaning you might need to mow more often. In terms of length for Council sites, it depends on the grade of lawn, but they generally aim for between 50mm to 120mm.
2. Avoiding weeds
If you cut your grass really short it can rip it out at the root, allowing weeds to move in. Former mowing manager Matt Beres says Kiwis traditionally tended to cut their lawns much too low.
“In New Zealand people tend to scalp their lawn to within an inch of its life.”
Follow tip number one to prevent your lawn from sprouting weeds.