A neat lawn is probably one of the first things people will notice in a property and keeping it tidy can often feel like a never-ending job. Even so, research by the Telegraph suggested that a good garden can add up to 20 per cent to a home's value.
It is possible to mow a lawn in winter without causing damage by following this advice:
- Check the weather forecast and choose a day when it's been dry for a few days. Only about a third of winter days on the Isle Wight are rainy so there's more opportunities than you might expect
- Drag a hose over the lawn to remove water from the grass
- Make sure there's no debris such as leaves and twigs
- As you're only looking to tidy the lawn, set a higher blade height
- Be careful when turning the mower because you're more likely to damage the turf when it's damp
Trying to save money by using a cheap cylinder mower is also false economy. Not only are they more likely to damage a wet lawn but you'll spend far longer on the job. If you've got a lot of grass to cut, a ride on mower is eight times faster.
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