This is the strangest mowing start since I started eight years ago. The last precip we've had was two weeks ago today, 4" of heavy wet snow -- since then, nothing. Skies are clear blue every day, temps in 60s or 70s. My first mowings were two weeks ago tomorrow -- last week was a full week. By now, the ground is really dry, and the grass isn't growing very much. [I'm in SW Pa] Usually at this time of the season, I'm fighting the weather, huge grass growth, wet and heavy clippings that pack up under the mower decks. I'm not complaining, but the mowing decks have a buildup, unlike I've ever seen. The grass clippings are sappy, but the ground is dry, sometimes dusty from thin spots in the turf, or piles of dirt from moles, gophers, or whatever critter ranges underground. The buildup is sticky, tight and solid. The green sappy grass produces some moisture during cutting, then the dust sticks, then more moisture, then more dirt, and .... I scraped off the deck last night, but some of it I couldn't penetrate. I didn't even pull out the pressure washer because I knew it wasn't going to take it off. I used an old screwdriver -- a scraping knife was too wide (not enough bite). Sometimes I see this kind of buildup in mid-summer when the ground is dry, but not this bad because the grass isn't so sappy at that time of the season. Strange ... I hate to even suggest getting rain! Someday soon, I'm afraid the rain days will come, and continue for days on end, just like the bright sunshine. Anybody else with this "problem?" If so, anything to minimize this buildup? At this point, there is no chance of getting a clean surface.