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Mow Heights

By Garry Lusk

March 14 2023

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The ultimate mowing guide for Melbourne lawns 

If you're a proud homeowner or a diligent lawn enthusiast, you know how crucial it is to keep your lawn in top-notch condition. Mowing is an essential aspect of lawn maintenance, but it isn’t just about cutting grass; it requires the proper technique, tools, and knowledge to achieve the perfect result. That's why we've put together the ultimate mowing guide for Melbourne lawns, packed with tips and tricks to help you achieve a beautiful and healthy lawn all year round. 

From knowing when you can mow the lawn to setting the right cutting height for your grass type, this guide will equip you with everything you need to know to keep your lawn in tip-top shape.


Lawn Mowing Times in Melbourne

Before you even begin your garden maintenance, the first question you must ask yourself is, ‘what time can I mow my lawn in Melbourne?’ We’ve all had the universal experience of being disruptively jolted awake by a deafening lawn mower noise from down the street. 

To avoid being the annoying neighbour who starts using their lawn mower and electric power tools early in the morning, you should be aware of the noise restriction rules in Melbourne. 

Powered garden tools, such as lawn mowers, can be very noisy. Therefore, your local council will implement restrictions on when you can use lawn mowers and other power tools. In Victoria, this means: 

  • Monday - Friday between 7 am - 8 pm  
  • Saturday - Sunday between 9 am - 8 pm (also applies on public holidays)


How Ofted do Lawns Need to be Mowed in Melbourne?

How often you mow your lawn depends on several factors, including: 

  • The type of grass you have 
  • The time of year 
  • Weather conditions 

In general, most lawns in Melbourne require mowing every one to two weeks during the growing season, which typically runs from spring through autumn. During the winter months, when grass growth slows down, you can reduce the mowing frequency to once every three to four weeks. 

However, it's important to monitor your lawn regularly and adjust your mowing schedule as needed to ensure that you're not cutting off more than required. Over-mowing can weaken your grass and make it more vulnerable to pests and diseases, so it's essential to strike the right balance between regular mowing and not overdoing it.


Ideal Mowing Maintenance for Different Grass Types 

Knowing how to mow your lawn effectively will depend on the grass type in your commercial or residential property. This is especially important for instant turf that requires regular mowing maintenance to thrive. 

We recommend the following mowing tips depending on the type of instant turf you’ve established in your garden. 

Couch Grass 

Couch grass is low-profile and takes well to frequent mowing in the full-growing season. The frequency of lawn mowing will vary depending on the season. For couch grass, such as TifTuf Bermuda turf supplied by Lilydale, we recommend the following:  

  • Mow every 4-7 days from September to May
  • Mow every 14 days from May to August
  • Maintain grass height to 25mm 


Buffalo Grass 

During fast-growing months, like September to May, we recommend mowing regularly. However, in slower-growing months, like May to August, you may not need to mow at all. For buffalo grass, such as the Sir Walter turf supplied by Lilydale, you should: 

  • Mow every 7-14 days during fast-growing seasons 
  • Mow only as needed in slower-growing seasons 
  • Maintain grass height to 40mm


Kikuyu Grass

Kikuyu grass is actively growing and ideal for high-traffic areas. However, because it is thicker and taller, it requires frequent mowing. For Kikuyu grass, such as the Eureka Premium VG turf supplied by Lilydale, we recommend the following: 

  • Mow every 7 days from September to May 
  • Mow every 14 days from May to August
  • Maintain grass height of 30mm 


Zoysia Grass 

Zoysia is a slow-growing grass type. This means it requires less mowing than other turf varieties. During warmer months, regular mowing is suitable, but it’s best to stop during the colder season. For zoysia grass, such as the Sir Grange turf supplied by Lilydale, we recommend that you: 

  • Mow every 14-30 days from September to May 
  • Mow only if needed from May to August
  • Maintain grass height of 20-40mm 


The Importance of Regularly Mowing Your Lawn 

Regularly mowing your lawn is essential for maintaining a healthy and attractive lawn. When you mow your lawn, you're not just trimming the grass blades; you're also encouraging new growth, which helps to thicken your grass and make it more resistant to weeds, pests, and diseases. Mowing also promotes root growth, allowing grass to access nutrients and water more efficiently.

Some tips to remember when maintaining your lawn: 

  • Consistent grass blade height allows for nutrient absorption 
  • Do not mow more than one-third of your lawn’s leaf height at a time 
  • Mow regularly and as needed - it’s easier to do when grass blades aren’t too long

For more information on care and maintenance when mowing your lawn, speak to the professionals at Lilydale Instant Lawn today. We supply various turf options for your garden needs and can advise you on keeping your lawn in pristine condition.