Many people have probably asked the question, ‘how long should I wait to mow the grass after it rains? And they have probably gotten diverse answers. Some people will probably say that mowing a wet grass is a bad idea. Others will say the best time to mow grasses is when it’s wet. Which is the right answer? You are about to find out in this article.
Typically, the best time to mow the grass is when it’s dry. However, it may be impossible to mow a dry grass all the time if you find yourself in the raining period.
If you haven’t probably mowed the grass for days and it happens to rain on the day you set aside to mow, don’t too worry. You can mow the grass after a few hours after it had rained. As soon as the lawn is drying up or its partially wet, you can set to mow. If it rained for days, you should avoid mowing the grass after a few hours. The grass may still be wet and overly wet grasses are detrimental to the functioning of the mower. In this case, it’s best that you mow the grass after a few days, unless it starts to rain again.
You can mow wet grass if the rain is light. In this case, it will not ruin your mower. You need to ensure that you are not using an electric mower. Else, you may get electrocuted while operating it.
It’s also important that you observe the performance of your lawn mower while using it. Some mowers work better than others when it comes to cutting moderately wet grasses. If your mower is not working at the optimum, raise the deck higher to make better cuts.
Mowing extremely or partially wet grasses will lead to uneven cuts. This is because most of the grasses are bent due to the moisture. The grasses will flatten out when the mower goes over it. It’s very difficult mowing very wet grasses.
Aside the difficulty, you risk compacting the soil. The mower is meant to cut the grass and since the grass is bent, the mower will go for the soil instead. This may result in the spread of plant diseases.
Cleaning also becomes difficult when mowing wet grasses. The wet grass clippings will clump and may block the mower’s deck. This will hinder the mower from functioning well and blunt the blades. Always ensure that you clean the mower deck, and if there is any need to change the blades, do change it.
The best time to mow the lawn is between the hours of 8 a.m and 10 a.m when the grasses are a bit dry from the morning dew. Evening hours between 4 p.m and 6 p.m is also a good time to mow the lawn.
Cutting grasses when they are dry is usually the best time to mow the lawn. Mowing grasses when they are dry will give you a better chance of achieving even cuts. The current size of grasses are cut and problem like soil compaction, grass staining the mower deck, etc are avoided.
Mowing grass works best when the grass is either dry or moderately wet. The grass is able to stand straight, which makes it easy for the mower to make a perfect cut. Overly wet grasses is difficult to mow, even if you have the most powerful mower. They get clumped inside and may damage the mower and the mower itself may even damage the lawn.
It’s safe to say that you can cut wet grasses a few hours after the rain had stopped, unless it was a flooding rain. Overly wet grasses should be avoided and make sure you don’t use electric mower to cut extremely wet grasses. Clean your lawn mower after use to prolong it’s lifespan and ensure better cuts when next you use it.