Cut the grass: when and how to make the first cut: Cut the grass: when and how to make the first cut
The cut is the most important cultivation practice that is applied to the turf. With the cut, in fact, it is able to give the carpet a sufficient uniformity and density in order to make the surface suitable for ornamental or functional purposes. The cut should be considered as a wound that we bring to the vegetative apparatus and is therefore an operation to be performed with care and attention, if we do not want to risk rendering the whole process described up to now vain. When making the cut we must first carefully consider the height at which we want to leave the grass: it varies according to the type of species that constitutes the turf and to the use we wish to make of it. Keep in mind that each species has a range of cutting heights within which it sees its performance optimized. A further element to take into consideration for cutting is also the climatic conditions.
You will need to pay particular attention to the first cut of a young lawn: suspend the irrigation at least three days before and let the height of the grass reach 7-8 cm. After cutting it is advisable to roll the grass. A maintenance plan must take into due consideration the growth rate of the lawn in order to be able to program a correct number of cutting operations in time. For example, a well-kept ornamental lawn maintained at an optimal height of 4 cm also requires up to 30 shears in the period between March and November. The cut should be carried out preferably with a dry carpet, with sharp blades that avoid the tearing effect and allow the plant to recover quickly. As far as prevention is concerned, keep in mind that a dense turf counteracts the growth of pests, therefore from this point of view also the cutting frequency is an important factor.