How to Cut Meadow Grass

Learn how to properly cut meadow grass with these step-by-step landscaping tips.

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Meadow Grass Needs Regular Maintenance DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Meadows can provide a spectacular display of wildflowers and seedheads throughout the summer, but for this to continue year after year they will need an annual cut. Choose a dry day towards the end of summer.

Materials Needed:

  • scythe
  • landscape rake
  • hand shears (for small areas, optional)
  • string trimmers (for large areas, optional)

1. Prepare the space.

Before cutting down a meadow, shake any ripe seedheads onto the ground. This should ensure that there are plenty of seeds in the ground for the following year.

Shake Seedheads to Ground before Cutting MeadowEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

2. Cut down the grasses and wildflowers.

Use a scythe and be extremely careful to keep the blade well away from your body. Make sure that the blade is sharp, and cut the grass at a height of about 2-1/2 inches (6 cm).

Use Scythe to Cut Down Meadow GrassesEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

3. Use a landscape rake to collect the cut grass into piles.

It is worth leaving these clippings on the ground for a few days before you remove them to allow any extra seed to drop and to allow any resident wildlife to escape.

Collect Cut Grass With a Landscape RakeEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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