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Should I Mow My Lawn When It’s Wet?

By May 14, 2015Lawn Care

Conventional wisdom suggests that it’s best to mow the lawn when the grass is dry. However, it isn’t always convenient to wait for the turf to completely dry before cutting it. For instance, a brief dry period in a series of days that is predicted to be wet may be your last chance to tame your lawn. Will it be destroyed because you had to mow it when it was wet?Green grass with raindrops background

Cutting Wet Grass Is Possible

While it is less than ideal to mow a lawn when it’s damp, it is possible to get the job done. The clippings are likely to clump together, causing a mess on your turf and clogging the underside of your mower. This just means that you’ll have to rake up the clippings and perhaps pause occasionally to hose off the motor and undercarriage of your grass cutter so it can continue to function. Also, use extra caution. Wet grass is slippery, and it can be easy to lose your footing.

When you mow a wet lawn you’re not going to get the same kind of uniform, attractive results that you would get when mowing dry grass. Sometimes the grass blades are bent over with the weight of the precipitation. This means you won’t be able to achieve the cleanest cut. The end result is that your lawn may look ragged.

Tips to Help You Mow a Wet Lawn

If it’s necessary to mow a wet lawn, there are some things you can do to improve your odds of success. Start with very sharp mower blades, and be sure to adjust them to their highest cutting point. If your cutter has a mulching feeder, now is a good time to turn it off. Similarly, a bag attachment will be of little use. Try blowing the clippings out the side as you mow. You’ll want to move slower around the lawn than you typically do, which will ensure a better cut.

For more lawn mowing tips, call (816) 875-9296 or contact an Expert.

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