Is now the time for the first lawn cut of the year? The experts have their say

A person pushes a blue lawn mower with a red engine top across a grass lawn that is half mowed
The first lawn cut of the year should never be when the grass is wet (Image credit: Getty)

Has the milder weather got you thinking about making the first lawn cut of the year? It's important not to jump the gun on this crucial task as mowing the lawn too early can cause damage to the grass.

With lawn mowing, we go by weather and conditions rather than specific dates on the calendar. Particularly as climate and seasonality is becoming more difficult to predict. Depending on where you live the question of when to make the first lawn cut of the year will give a different answer.

Portrait shot of David Hedges Gower, a lawn expert
David Hedges-Gower

David is one of the UK's leading lawn experts, with over 30 years' experience in the industry. He is Chairman of the Lawn Association, an educational platform for homeowners and professionals, and founded the world's first lawn care qualification.

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Ryan Patterson

With multi-year experience in product management and marketing in garden, his knowledge and experience spans across all forest and gardening tools including robotic lawn mowers, chainsaws, and a range of smart garden tools for both homeowners and professional users. 

Teresa Conway
Deputy editor on Homebuilding & Renovating

Teresa was part of a team that launched Easy Gardens in 2018 and worked as the Editor on this magazine. She has extensive experience writing and editing content on gardens and landscaping on brands such as Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors and Living Etc magazine. She has developed close working relationships with top landscape architects and leading industry experts, and has been exposed to an array of rich content and expertise.

In 2020 Teresa bought her first home. She and her partner worked alongside architects and builders to transform the downstairs area of her two bedroom Victorian house in north London into a usable space for her family. Along the way she learned the stresses, woes and joys of home renovation, and is now looking to her next project, landscaping the back garden. 

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