Your dad’s told you. Your neighbor’s told you. It’s practically common knowledge: mowing grass when wet is a bad idea. Sometimes people say it’s because the clippings will clump or the grass will be limp. You’ll slip on the slick blades, they say, or you’ll damage your precious lawn. But let’s say the situation is particularly dire—you haven’t mowed in a long time, the grass is getting unruly, you’re expecting more rain in the days to come, and maybe you’re expecting some company tonight. Do you really have to wait? Is this akin to murdering your lawn? Although mowing grass when wet is frowned upon, today we’re going to examine whether it truly harms your grass or is just a lawn care myth.
Is Mowing Grass When Wet Always a Bad Idea?
Let’s get right to it.
There are, frankly, many good reasons why you shouldn’t be mowing grass when wet. You really could slip, especially if you already have trouble getting around, and the clippings will likely clump, leaving your lawn looking patchy and unattractive (unless you want to rake them up as well). The grass will not be in an optimum mowing state either, so the finished cut will probably not be neat and tidy. If you’re a lawn perfectionist, you might have to accept the grass’s unruliness for now and wait until it has a chance to sunbathe. Plus, the chlorophyll in the grass is far more likely to stain when wet. Your body, your clothes, your driveway, and even your house might end up spotted with green from the clumped clippings. If you aren’t willing to have a true green thumb, it would be best to wait. Finally, wet grass is sticky grass. The grass may stick to the underside of your mower or clog the motor. If you go slow and are willing to clean up a bit as you move along, you could get around this.
But . . . if you are willing to put up with those disadvantages and you have a few conditions on your side, you can indeed try mowing grass when wet. First, the ground cannot be soggy. If it sinks as you walk, it is too wet. Second, it is never safe to use an electric mower with an extension cord when mowing wet grass (this should be obvious, I think). Third, your mower blades need to be very sharp.
If you meet all of those conditions and you’re really in a jam, you are free to mow that damp lawn. If you want to make the conditions even better, you could try spraying the underside of your mower’s deck with silicone spray or oiling it. Some people believe this helps; some don’t.
No, it won’t be as easy. No, the results won’t be perfect. Yes, it’s better to wait until the lawn is dry again. But if you must, go ahead and mow that wet grass.
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