You’ve probably heard that it’s bad to mow right after rain. Perhaps you haven’t heard why that is the case, how much rain matters, or how long you must wait before mowing your lawn. Do you need to wait an hour or a few days? What’s at risk when you mow slightly wet grass? The following suggestions will help you figure this out.
Mowers may overheat when faced with wet grass, especially if it is tall. However, it depends on the mower. A commercial mower with sharp blades and an excellent cutting deck can handle a wet lawn with no problem. To determine if a lawn is too wet, mow a row of it if your mower gets bogged down, or save it for a later time.
Before you mow your lawn after rain, check to see if any of the blades are bent. Once they’re upright, you’re probably good to mow. Wet grass cuts less cleanly, so you get bigger clippings. Those wet clippings like to clump together and block up the mower.
Warnings Against Mowing in the Rain
You can mow your lawn in the rain, but it’s important to be aware of the risks associated with this. The following are issues that can arise when you cut your grass in the rain:
- You cannot create a clean, crisp cut with your mower.
- It leaves grass clumps.
- The equipment can damage the turf, cause issues, as well as cause ruts.
- Damage to equipment drive or engines is possible.
- The potential for injury increases for whoever mows the lawn.
When you mow wet grass, or in the rain, it is very easy to have an accident. There is more chance of falling or slipping. This is extremely dangerous, especially if the rotary blades are cutting through thick grass.
In the event of an accident or emergency, you must consider what preventive measures you can take. It’s best to learn as much as you can. Learn more about safety measures you should take by reading instructions and manuals. Make sure you don’t rush your work, but rather focus on working safely. Keep in mind that if you are drowsy, have taken drugs, or have been drinking, you should not operate machinery.
There are warning and caution signs on lawnmowers and machinery. Take the time to read them to ensure you know how to properly use the equipment. Certain mowers may tell you that it is best to wear protective gear like eyewear, long sleeves or pants, and hearing protection.
- Stay away from rotating mowers and brush-cutting blades.
- Wearing gloves.
- Reading all safety data sheets.
- When using blowers, wear protective goggles.
- When working with power equipment, wear ear protection.
- Setting the mower to a comfortable setting when you work in lawn care or landscape maintenance.
OSHA provides more information on their website for you to read about hazards, safety suggestions, and regulations when mowing your lawn.
We at Agrofever want to make sure you and your lawn receive the best care possible. If you feel that mowing while it is raining or the grass is wet is too risky, then do not do it. Keep your safety first, and let your yard dry! Once the rain stops, the grass will dry on its own.