It’s certainly possible to mow wet grass and in perpetually rainy areas, it may be necessary. However, mowing wet grass is not ideal.
The chlorophyll from the wet grass can stain your skin and clothes, and it takes longer to mow grass when it’s wet. The biggest reason to avoid mowing wet grass is it can do lasting damage to your lawn and mower.
Wet Grass Clippings
Wet grass will tend to form wet clumps of clippings when cut. Walking through cut wet grass poses a risk of accident from slipping and falling. Wet clumps also make your lawn look messy and can block light and air from reaching the grass stuck below. You will need to rake the wet clippings to assure the clumps distribute evenly to the thatch layer.
Mowing wet grass makes it susceptible to damage. Disease spreads more easily in a damp environment, and freshly cut blades of grass are vulnerable to infection. When the soil layer is muddy a lawn mower can leave divots and groves.
Mowing wet grass can do lasting damage to your lawn, as it’s more easily torn from the soil than dry grass is, leading to thin or bald patches. And if your blades are dull, they will have a tendency to shred grass rather than cut it sharply, creating a mess.
Wet grass bends and curls under the weight of moisture. When your mower runs across grass blades of varying heights and angles, the resulting cut will be uneven. By contrast, dry blades stand up straight, allowing your mower to cut them all to a uniform height.
Lawn Mower Blade Damage
Handling wet grass is strenuous for a mower and causes the blades to dull. And if you don’t clean all the grass out of the mower quickly and thoroughly, you risk finding it covered with mold the next time you’re ready to mow. Cleaning the mower’s deck, blades, and wheels will keep it in good working order, but that can be a hassle.
Hire Lawn Professionals
At Just Right Lawns, we make sure that your lawn gets the best treatment, whether it be rain or shine. Wet weather means we may have to delay service, but we do it so we can offer you quality lawn care. We apologize for appointments that are pushed back because of the weather, but it is the best for your lawn. Contact Just Right Lawns today for more information about lawn service!