Maintaining your lawn is hard work, regardless of what one might say. Sometimes, the rest of your life catches up to you, and you just don’t have the time to tend to your lawn every day. Dealing with an over-grown lawn might seem overwhelming at first, but the purpose of this guide is to make the process as painless as possible.
Step 1: Cut the high grass
This is the step that requires a lot of patience and effort. You can use either a weed trimmer or scythe, and cut the tall grass. If your lawn has reached knee-height, cut the grass down to half of its current length and then let the lawn rest for a few days.
Step 2: Repeat step 1
After letting the lawn rest for a few days, take another crack at it. If the lawn is severely over-grown you might have to repeat this step more than once. Simply cut the lawn down with your trimmer to half the current length and leave it to rest for a couple of days. Keep at it until the grass is around six to eight inches high.
Step 3: Bring out the lawn mower
Once you have achieved the desired grass height of six to eight inches, you are now ready to run a lawn mower over it. Make sure that the setting is generally high, and that it shortens just about one third of the current grass length. Keep in mind that this will leave your lawn looking incredibly malnourished, but you don’t have to worry too much. Give it some time and it will inevitably recover.
Run your lawn mower over the lawn in overlapping circuits to achieve an even and consistent cut. Try to get it as even as possible. Once you have finished mowing, water the garden and aim to get an even spread of water. You should then leave the lawn to recuperate for about a week.
Step 4: Mow the lawn with increasing preciseness
By the time you get to this step, most of the hard work has already passed you by. Your lawn will already be looking a little tamer, and will require just a few final touches.
Simply start to mow the lawn every three to five days, cutting the grass down a third of the current height. After you have finished mowing, water the lawn deeply and ensure an even spread. This is subject to the weather, however, and if there is a forecast of heavy rain then it would be best to avoid watering your lawn on that particular day.
Keep cutting the grass every three to five days, trimming the grass one third of its length every time. Do this until you attain your desired length.
Step 5: Enjoy your fresh and manicured lawn
To get to this point, you have no doubt worked very hard. Set up a few chairs on your newly tamed lawn and enjoy the fruit of your labor. Maintaining a lawn is hard-work, and if you managed to get this far, you should feel proud and justifiably so.