Keeping the garden under control is one of the most important things you can do to make a good impression. The good news is that it is quite possible to mow a lawn in winter. Ways to beat the weather and keep your lawn looking at its best include:
- Aim to mow the lawn when it's as dry as possible. That's easier than you might expect - two thirds of winter days are dry in London and as you move out across Essex, areas such as Colchester are among the driest in England
- You can remove a surprising amount of water from the the lawn by dragging a hose over the grass if the weather has been wet
- Remove any debris such as leaves and twigs
- Use a higher blade height on the on the lawnmower; the aim is to tidy
- Be very careful when turning the mower because you're more likely to damage the turf
The type of lawnmower you choose will have a big impact on the amount of time it takes to mow the lawn. A manual cylinder mower might be cheap and great for getting exercise at the weekend but it'll take much longer. Every hour counts when you're keeping a house looking its best for viewings so a powered lawnmower would be a wise investment. Research by the Telegraph suggested that a good garden can add up to 20 per cent to a home's value. If you've got a really big garden, a ride on mower could cut the time required to an eighth depending on how deep your pockets are.
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