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drc726

By drc726

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Years ago I was taught to leave the grass box off in August and mow every 3-4 days as the finely shred cuttings feed the lawn and help to thicken it. Easy with the old push mowers. This I forgot about when the modern mower arrived with the built in grass box.
But I had an area of thin lawn and no amount of reseeding improved it. About 3 years I stared to sprinkle the fine dusty grass cuttings (taken from around the inner edges of my mower and the sweepings from the patio) over this area after I mowed and now at last I have the thickness of lawn I long wanted in this area with no weeds. Does anyone else do this?

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What an interesting idea :o)))

6 Aug, 2010

 

I agree TT, certainly something I might try in future. Thankyou Drc, I never would have thought of doing this! :o)

6 Aug, 2010

 

Yes I do on odd occasions at this time of year just on my back lawn which is quite small and I use an old push mower.
The only problem is that there is a tendancy to walk the clippings into the house, but a small price to pay because everyone says what superb grass.

6 Aug, 2010

 

We do this but only when it is really dry, like now!!! But I wouldnt say we have no weeds though!!

6 Aug, 2010

 

I stopped doing it that way when we had the patio window put in, the grass was forever getting walked into the house. now with brown patches courtesy of Brynner, plus his tendency to dig in the wrong place,it might be a good idea to try that here, Thanks Drc for reminding me,......

6 Aug, 2010

 

My mower only mulches, gotta great lawn but green feet!!

7 Aug, 2010

 

We have to mow without box as its so wet & clogs the mower then go round as it dries to pick it up.I have thick green grass & weeds.

7 Aug, 2010

 

We mow with box (coll & compost) when wet and mulche when dry, 2 differance mowers half acre lawn
hayter 1 hour to mow
sitga 15 mintues

7 Aug, 2010

 

my grandad use to do this denise, he had a petrol mower, infact he had 3 different mowers lol used certain ones for different times of year, always had a cracking lawn, not a weed to be seen ;o))

7 Aug, 2010

 

I am glad I am not the only one who remembers this. Shame that some good ideas get lost over time because of so called progress!

7 Aug, 2010

 

Not done this in August, but i always leave my box of on last cut of the year and the first cut of the year.

7 Aug, 2010

 

We do this, leaving the grass box off, when it's very dry and always on the lawn under the trees. If we don't we end up with no grass to talk about.

8 Aug, 2010

 

I have never heard this before but will certainly give it a try..My lawn isn't brilliant but it's not the worst either...It can be improved on so thanks for the tip :-)

10 Aug, 2010

 

Well it works for me Cazzalyn

10 Aug, 2010

 

My Farther always left the box off for that reason. If I did it my four legged companion would bring it into the house. His 'nic-name' is Velrro dog as unless it's rooted it sticks to his coat and as if by magic, it falls off in the house.

13 Aug, 2010

 

Ha Ha Heron, thats what happens with my cats, I shall now call them velcro cats ! lol

13 Aug, 2010

 

Thanks Heron the old ideas are based on experience more than trends! and often work well.

14 Aug, 2010

 

i leave the box of.oh puts it on. i read it feeds the grass. jury out at mo. lol

20 Aug, 2010

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