Mowing the Lawn When Wet

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Mowing the Lawn When Wet

A well-trimmed lawn increases the aesthetic quality of your property and gives it a respectable, welcoming appearance. When it comes to rain and mowing a lawn, many people often wonder if it is possible to mow wet grass. If you are among such people, you need to know that although the most suitable time to trim your lawn is when it is dry, you can still mow it when the grass is wet.

“Some people live in areas where rain is the order of the day such as the Pacific Northwest. If you live in areas with such a climate, you might end up never mowing your lawn if you wait for a dry day to mow your lawn.”

In some regions of the United States, the rainy season is prolonged, which can leave the grass on your lawn in a long, lousy looking condition. In this case, you have no option but to mow your lawn when it is wet. Some people live in areas where rain is the order of the day such as the Pacific Northwest. If you live in areas with such a climate, you might end up never mowing your lawn if you wait for a dry day to mow your lawn. With that being said, it is possible to mow your lawn when wet, but you will encounter some challenges. We advise homeowners to follow specific procedures if they want to get the best results.

What Makes Mowing a Lawn When Wet Such a Hard Task?

A well-trimmed lawn increases the aesthetic quality of your property and gives it a respectable, welcoming appearance. When it comes to rain and mowing a lawn, many people often wonder if it is possible to mow wet grass. If you are among such people, you need to know that although the most suitable time to trim your lawn is when it is dry, you can still mow it when the grass is wet.

In some regions of the United States, the rainy season is prolonged, which can leave the grass on your lawn in a long, lousy looking condition. In this case, you have no option but to mow your lawn when it is wet. Some people live in areas where rain is the order of the day such as the Pacific Northwest. If you live in areas with such a climate, you might end up never mowing your lawn if you wait for a dry day to mow your lawn. With that being said, it is possible to mow your lawn when wet, but you will encounter some challenges. We advise homeowners to follow specific procedures if they want to get the best results.

What Makes Mowing a Lawn When Wet Such a Hard Task?

If you have ever tried mowing a lawn when wet, then you will know how hard it gets when you try to push the lawn mower. Besides finding it hard to move the machine, mowing wet grass also poses several hazards to you. And, it could end up damaging your lawn if done the wrong way. If you can avoid mowing your lawn when it is wet, we suggest you do that. However, if you have no alternative, we recommend you check out the following dangers and downsides before you get down to business:

Personal safety

If you decide to cut grass when it is wet, we suggest that you be wary of your personal safety. You should approach every step you take very carefully.  Wet grass is slippery, and if you trip when mowing, you might end up hurting yourself. The injuries could be worse if you trip and fall on the high-powered blades of your mower.

Wet Grass is Tough on a Mower

If you have always mowed your lawn when the grass is dry, then you’ll be in for a surprise when you try mowing the lawn when wet. During wet conditions, the grass will make it hard on the mower to move because it accumulates on the underside of your mower’s deck, thus restricting the movement of the blade(s). Dry grass, however, can be easily moved aside, and barely congests the deck of the mower.

And that’s not all. A lawn mower is made of delicate, moving metal parts. When you mow the wet grass,  the moisture makes parts susceptible to rust. Over time, This is likely to affect the performance and longevity of your lawnmower. Gas-powered lawn mowers are especially vulnerable to rust. When the gas absorbs the moisture from the air, it directs the moisture to the carburetor and the combustion chamber, thus affecting the overall performance.

Mowing Wet Grass Can Damage your Lawn

Mowing your lawn when wet can potentially damage the grass. And believe us when we tell you that even your level of expertise or using high-end mowers won’t help when you mow under such conditions. You see, when it rains, the soil under the grass becomes soft. Then when you move your mower around the lawn, the tires can sink into the areas that are saturated. Moreover, your feet could sink in when you mow with a walk-behind mower. The markings can uproot the grass, damaging the aesthetic quality of your lawn.

Clumping is also a significant issue. Wet grass clumps when it is cut. It affects not only your lawn’s aesthetic appearance but also your lawn mower. This grass can accumulate on the blades, blocking your mower’s vacuum. When the blade or vacuum becomes blocked, your mower strains to operate, this can cause severe damage to the engine. Your lawn might also experience uneven or poor growth when the clumps accumulate on top of your lawn.

The Danger of Getting Electrocuted or Damaging the Mower

I’m sure you are aware that water and electric appliances don’t go hand in hand.  Electric lawn mowers are no different, especially ones with a cord. You guessed it, cutting wet grass with an electric mower puts you at risk of being electrocuted. And besides the real risk of being electrocuted, the moisture can damage your mower. When the interior parts of your mower or a damaged part of the cord come into contact with the water, your mower can be damaged beyond repair.

There’s More Work Involved After Cutting

Unlike mowing dry grass where you only need little or no cleanup afterward, this is not the case when you mow a wet lawn. How so? Well, damp grass sticks under your deck, and if you fail to remove the accumulated grass, the undercarriage could serve as a breeding platform for mold. Therefore, significant cleanup is involved afterward, starting from the wheels to the entire body of your mower. Moreover, wet grass could give your clothes, your house’s walls, or the fence chlorophyll stains. As you mow the wet grass, the blades throw away the clippings, and when they stick on your clothes or walls, it means extra cleanup tasks.

How Can You Mow Wet Grass?

So with all of these risks and difficulties associated with mowing a wet lawn, how can it be done well and safe? Mowing a lawn when wet is a hard task, but that does not mean that it is impossible. You will need to follow various steps to ensure that the mowing is successful. We will walk you through some tips on how to go about it.

I. Spray Silicone Lubricant on the Undercarriage of your Lawn Mower

Before you consider mowing wet grass, the first thing that you need to do is spray some silicone lubricant on the underside of the mower deck. The silicone lubricant prevents damp grass clippings from sticking on your mower. This also makes the cleanup process easier.

II. Sharpen the blades

The efficiency of a mower relies on its cutting ability, which is enhanced by sharp blades. Blunt blades deliver a rough cut on wet lawns. Therefore, you must ensure that you only cut damp grass with a mower with the sharpest blades. Make sure to check the sharpness of the blades on a regular basis. And make sure that the blades should be straight. If you notice any fault on the blades, we recommend replacing them before embarking on the task at hand.

III. Utilize a Fuel Stabilizer

Cutting grass during a rainy climate might prove challenging. The moisture could end up affecting the performance of your mower’s engine when it mixes with the excess fuel. To prevent these effects, you need to ensure that you put minimal amounts of fuel in your mower’s gas tank. You should only put the quantity you require for one mowing session. Moreover, be sure to mix the fuel with a liquid fuel stabilizer to enhance your mower’s efficiency.

IV. Ensure that the Air Filter is Clean and Dry

Before you get down to mowing your wet lawn, it is imperative for you to ensure that your mower’s air filter is clean and dry. You can determine this by removing the air filter cover located at the top side of the mower. If it is dirty or damp, you need to consider replacing it. Fortunately, you can easily get a new air filter that is suitable for your mower from your local hardware store.

V. Consider Side-Discharge

If your lawn is wet, we advise that you use side-discharge rather than using mulching or bagging. Damp grass clippings clump a lot, and they might affect the performance of your mower if you opt for mulching or bagging. The best alternative is to put the side-discharge and select the highest settings on your mower before getting down to work.

VI. Raise the Mower Deck to Trim Between 3- and 4-inches

Wet grass can quickly clog the underside of your mower. To ensure that you mow effectively, we recommend raising the deck by about 4-inches. You should also use the highest power settings.

VII. Cut at Rates Slower than With Dry Grass

When the grass is wet, the blades need more power to cut the grass effectively. Consequently, it is best to move your mower slower than you do when trimming a dry lawn. You can also go over an area a couple of times for good measure.

VIII. Mow on a regular basis

Undoubtedly, cutting wet lawns is a daunting task, but you must if you want to prevent the grass from overgrowing. During the wet weather conditions, we recommend that you cut your lawn more frequently. Why so? The grass grows faster and longer during the wet season; as such, cutting it at shorter intervals helps you to manage your lawn better.

When is The Best Time to Cut Grass on Your Lawn?

The rains can easily affect the appearance of your lawn because the wetness promotes rapid growth of grass. As a result, most people wonder, can you cut grass after it rains or before it rains? Well, after it rains, the grass is extremely wet, which might make manicuring your lawn much more laborious and tedious. Also, saturated grounds can easily spread plant diseases or compact your lawn’s soil. Ultimately, we advise mowing your lawn before the rains fall or when the grass is moderately wet. By doing this, you will be required to mow the lawn again sooner than usual, but it is the better option.

Summary

The rainy season brings its fair share of gifts, but it can be troublesome when it comes to maintaining a beautiful, healthy lawn. However, if you employ the above techniques, you can navigate these issues and be well on your way to having a welcoming, lush lawn, all year round.

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