Can You Mow Grass After It Rains?
If you are wondering how soon you can mow your grass after it rains or if it’s risky when mowing grass that is slightly wet, the answer is yes you can mow when wet, but……….
Dangers Of Mowing Wet Grass
- First of all, Do Not use an electric lawn mower. You run the risk of electrocution.
- Water can seep into gas engines and ruin the engine down the road.
- Walking on a slick lawn or mowing up a slope can result in freak accidents if you fall or lose control of your mower.
- The weight of the mower can create ruts in your lawn that can be difficult for the grass to recover from.
Be Cautious When Mowing
Tall, wet grass can be a strain on some mowers, possibly causing them to overheat, depending on the mower. Powerful commercial mowers with sharp blades and good cutting decks can handle wetter lawns without trouble. If you’re not sure if a lawn is too wet, try mowing a row. If your mower stalls out or gets bogged down, save that lawn for later when it dries out.
Before mowing a lawn after a rain, inspect the grass to see if any blades are bent over. Once they are upright it’s probably safe to mow. Soggy grass tends to bend over, making it more likely that your mower will miss or merely knock over taller blades of grass.
Wet Grass is Messy
Wet grass doesn’t cut cleanly, resulting in larger clippings. These wet clippings like to clump together and block up the mower’s deck. You should still exercise caution and check your mower deck frequently when mowing a lawn after a rain.
As wet grass doesn’t mulch well, it can fall out of the deck in large, heavy clumps. Rather than evenly spreading back into the lawn as mulch, these clumps can squash and eventually kill patches of lawn.
Damage to Lawn
Mowing wet lawns increases the risk of rut damage, since the soil is softer and more slippery for mowers, and the grass roots can more easily be torn out by the mower tires. That said, lighter weight mowers with their large wheels enable you to mow over wetter ground with less risk of rut damage. Carefully check your soil. If the soil looks muddy or feels soft, it’s usually better to wait.
You should wait until the grass is dry enough to walk through the lawn without getting your shoes wet. Sometimes you might simply have to mow wet grass from time to time. Please consider these tips on whether to mow grass after it rains. Following these tips can keep you safe even while trying to keep up lawn maintenance in less-than-ideal conditions.
Published on July 19th, 2017
Updated on November 20th, 2017
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