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Old 07-27-2013, 09:56 AM
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University study on cutting wet grass?

Any studies on cutting wet grass? What I want to know is if for a 10 week period you cut half a yard right after watering and the other half 2 or 3hours later (dry) would the grass cut dry be healthier? How? The only thing I can find is a ''possibility'' of disease if cut wet. Same yard same conditions.I am not asking about rutting or clumps of grass etc.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:13 AM
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From my experience the only problem found from cutting wet grass is that it bends over an lays down. Just my two cents.
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:51 PM
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Cutting wet foliage tears the foliage tissue instead of clean cutting the tissue. Tearing the tissue weakens the foliage allowing for disease susceptibility along with causing pre mature sinensis. Will cause foliage depleation faster than replacement of new foliage.
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Old 07-27-2013, 01:03 PM
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I cut wet grass all the time and it's still alive and growing, unfortunately. The biggest culprit of damaged lawn areas are pesticide applicators who don't know what they're doing.
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Old 07-27-2013, 01:06 PM
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I don't see how anyone can cut wet grass and not consider rutting or clumping, since I can't get stuck without rutting I guess that rules out getting stuck as well, and clumping being a pre-cursor to grass buildup we have ruled out the mess underneath the deck, well, there you have it, according to this biased study there is no disadvantage to cutting wet grass but I do hope this study isn't part of any real University.

There is however, one other disadvantage and that is root breakage...
When riding over top of soft, wet soil there occur depressions, even without rutting we have pronounced soil compaction that is far worse than it would be on dry soil, this compaction is such that roots can break off underneath the soil, causing areas of grass to die.

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Old 07-28-2013, 09:41 AM
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I cut wet grass all the time and it's still alive and growing, unfortunately. The biggest culprit of damaged lawn areas are pesticide applicators who don't know what they're doing.
My thought's also.
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:37 AM
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I cut wet grass all the time and it's still alive and growing, unfortunately. The biggest culprit of damaged lawn areas are pesticide applicators who don't know what they're doing.
That is an interesting take because as an applicator who does know what he is doing, I find the biggest culprit for lawn stress and damage is directly related to homeowners and new or mow n go operator's cutting practices. In the end, to get the best possible results one needs to have the entire spectrum of maintenance operations work together. When you get more than one hand in jar it becomes a recipe for problems. Fert company sprays 10 minutes after the cutter leaves. Homeowner or new guys ripping it down to 2" week after week. Mow n go running over south facing lawns at 1pm on a 95+ degree day.

Cutting wet grass is sort of part of the business, but the overall best thing for any lawn is minimize it when possible by working around irrigation schedules, natural dew and shade affected areas, etc. Not much you can do otherwise when it rains a week straight, other than take the extra steps to keep things clean and sharp, stand up laying turf, etc.
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:21 PM
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That is an interesting take because as an applicator who does know what he is doing, I find the biggest culprit for lawn stress and damage is directly related to homeowners and new or mow n go operator's cutting practices.
There's a fert company here that starts their season in March and by the end of April they will have 2nd app down, by the time the ground warms enough for the nitro to work, a third app is down and the lawn is growing 8-9 " per week(I've measured it). When I take a new lawn on and I find out this company's doing the fert, automatic surcharge or I just won't take it on. A fert company that I do recommend works with me and together we come out with great looking lawns. In my experience the fert company usually has biggest impact.
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There's a fert company here that starts their season in March and by the end of April they will have 2nd app down, by the time the ground warms enough for the nitro to work, a third app is down and the lawn is growing 8-9 " per week(I've measured it). When I take a new lawn on and I find out this company's doing the fert, automatic surcharge or I just won't take it on. A fert company that I do recommend works with me and together we come out with great looking lawns. In my experience the fert company usually has biggest impact.
I could venture a guess and say that those fast growing lawns burn out fast in the summer heat. Just my experience with heavy nitrogen apps.
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Old 07-28-2013, 04:41 PM
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I could venture a guess and say that those fast growing lawns burn out fast in the summer heat. Just my experience with heavy nitrogen apps.
Big time burn-out. What's really awesome is that this time year they love to show up and boil the lawn with the overheated stuff in the hoses.
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